Historic Overview Gerrie Knetemann

Rider

Overall Rank87
NameGerrie KNETEMANN
Country
  The Netherlands
Date of birth06-Mar-1951 - Amsterdam (Noord Holland)
Date of death02-Nov-2004 - Bergen (Noord Holland)
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Biography

Gerrie Knetemann

Gerard Friedrich "Gerrie" Knetemann (6 March 1951 in Amsterdam – 2 November 2004 in Bergen, North Holland) was a Dutch road bicycle racer who won the 1978 World Championship.

A four-time winner of the Ronde van Nederland, he also rode the Tour de France 11 times between 1974 and 1987, winning 10 stages, a Dutch record equalled only by Jan Raas and Joop Zoetemelk. Knetemann won 127 races as a professional.

Knetemann maintained an Amsterdam accent and a sharp sense of humour that made him a favourite with reporters and earned him television and radio appearances. His best year in the Tour de France was 1978, when he led from the sixth stage. Although he lost the leader's yellow jersey two days later, he won the stage into Lausanne and then the final stage on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

Together with Raas and his TI-Raleigh teammates Knetemann played a pivotal role in the victory of Zoetemelk in the 1980 Tour de France, one of the most dominating team performances in Tour de France history in which the team won twelve stages.

His career dwindled after a crash in Dwars door België in Belgium in March 1983. Recovery took months and, although he did again ride the Tour de France, there was not much left of the once sparkling star. Knetemann did however win the Amstel Gold Race in 1985. He retired from racing in 1991 and became Dutch team selector.

Knetemann died while riding his bike. He collapsed from a heart attack with friends in Bergen.

His wife, Gre Donker, was also a racing cyclist. They had a son and two daughters. Their daughter Roxane, born in 1987, has been a professional cyclist since 2006.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Amstel Gold Race 1974, 1985
Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol 1976
World Championships Road Race 1978
Rund um den Henninger Turm 1977
Paris - Nice 1978
Nokere Koerse 1981
Driedaagse De Panne 1982
G.P. Pino Cerami 1978, 1984
Tour de Suisse - stages 1978 (1), 1979 (4), 1986 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1975 (1), 1977 (2), 1978 (2), 1979 (2), 1980 (1), 1982 (2)
Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol - stages 1976 (2), 1984 (2)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1975 (1), 1981 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1977 (2), 1978 (3), 1979 (1), 1980 (2)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1974 (1)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 1982 (2)
Driedaagse De Panne - stages 1982 (1)
More results

Seasons

Gerrie Knetemann - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1974 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1056 40
2. 1975 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1482 21
3. 1976 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 990 41
4. 1977 TI - Raleigh 1674 14
5. 1978 TI - Raleigh - Mac Gregor 2556 5
6. 1979 TI-Raleigh - Mac Gregor 2102 12
7. 1980 TI - Raleigh - Creda 1583 20
8. 1981 TI-Raleigh - Creda 1304 28
9. 1982 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 1214 31
10. 1983 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 271 186
11. 1984 Europ Decor - Boule d'Or 714 60
12. 1985 Skil - Sem - Kas - Miko 677 74
13. 1986 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 667 71
14. 1987 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 406 162
15. 1988 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 75 448
16. 1989 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 24 644
Overall: 16795 87