Historic Overview Tom Steels

Rider

Overall Rank692
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 and of experimental 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)
Volta ao Algarve - stages 2005 (1)
Etoile de Bessèges - stages 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (2)
Driedaagse De Panne - stages 1999 (1), 2000 (1), 2005 (1)
4 Jours de Dunkerque - stages 2002 (1)
Tour de Luxembourg - stages 1997 (1), 2004 (1)
Österreich-Rundfahrt - stages 2003 (1), 2004 (2)
Tour de Wallonie - stages 1997 (2), 2000 (2)
Deutschland Rundfahrt - stages 2001 (1)
More results

Seasons

Tom Steels - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1994 Vlaanderen 2002 - Eddy Merckx 68 402
2. 1995 Vlaanderen 2002 - Eddy Merckx 329 148
3. 1996 Mapei - GB 1038 43
4. 1997 Mapei - GB 436 129
5. 1998 Mapei - Bricobi 998 42
6. 1999 Mapei - Quick Step 1453 21
7. 2000 Mapei - Quick Step 576 108
8. 2001 Mapei - Quick Step 139 385
9. 2002 Mapei - Quick Step 327 216
10. 2003 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago - Alken Maes - Daikin 83 528
11. 2004 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 112 449
12. 2005 Davitamon - Lotto 291 211
13. 2006 Davitamon - Lotto 120 422
14. 2007 Predictor - Lotto 44 739
15. 2008 Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner 10 1172
Overall: 6024 692