Historic Overview Tom Steels

Rider

Overall Rank719
NameTom STEELS
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth02-Sep-1971 - Sint Gillis Waas (Oost Vlaanderen)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Tom Steels

Tom Steels (born 2 September 1971) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer, specialising in sprint finishes and one-day races. He was one of the top sprinters in the peloton.

Steels competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, in the Men's 1000 metres Time Trial, finishing 19th.

Steels began his professional cycling career in 1994 with the Vlaanderen 2002 team, winning eight times in his first two seasons. His breakthrough was after he signed with Mapei in 1996. That year he won Omloop Het Volk, and Gent–Wevelgem. In 1997, he rode in his first Tour de France, and looked capable of a stage win after coming second on Stage 2. However, during the sprint for the finish for the sixth stage he found himself blocked and boxed in by other sprinters and in frustration threw his water bottle at another rider, an offence for which he was disqualified from that year's Tour. As a result, he earned the nickname "Tom Bidon".

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. The point jersey would also have been his, as the people in front of him all admitted to doping. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour. 2006 was his first year as a professional that he failed to win a race.

Steels retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season, during which he raced for Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner. In October 2010 it was announced that he would work as a coach for Quick Step, a Protour team, during 2011.

He is the uncle of fellow racing cyclist Stijn Steels. & famous keyboard player Mathijs Steels.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Gent - Wevelgem 1996, 1999
Omloop Het Volk 1996
Dwars door Vlaanderen 1998
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 2002 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1997 (4), 1998 (2), 1999 (1), 2000 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1998 (4), 1999 (3), 2000 (2)
Tour de Suisse - stages 1997 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1996 (2)
Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol - stages 1998 (2), 1999 (2)

Seasons

Tom Steels - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1994 Vlaanderen 2002 - Eddy Merckx 67 401
2. 1995 Vlaanderen 2002 - Eddy Merckx 341 147
3. 1996 Mapei - GB 1032 43
4. 1997 Mapei - GB 422 125
5. 1998 Mapei - Bricobi 735 66
6. 1999 Mapei - Quick Step 1202 28
7. 2000 Mapei - Quick Step 438 143
8. 2001 Mapei - Quick Step 150 370
9. 2002 Mapei - Quick Step 358 203
10. 2003 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago - Alken Maes - Daikin 90 520
11. 2004 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 116 441
12. 2005 Davitamon - Lotto 308 206
13. 2006 Davitamon - Lotto 126 414
14. 2007 Predictor - Lotto 46 737
15. 2008 Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner 10 1172
Overall: 5441 719