Historic Overview Gerrie Knetemann

Rider

Overall Rank68
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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Gerrie Knetemann - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1974 GAN 1110 34
2. 1975 GAN 1569 19
3. 1976 Raleigh 1016 39
4. 1977 Raleigh 1779 14
5. 1978 Raleigh 2550 4
6. 1979 Raleigh 2260 10
7. 1980 Raleigh 1522 20
8. 1981 Raleigh 1316 22
9. 1982 Raleigh 1256 26
10. 1983 Raleigh 275 166
11. 1984 Europ Decor 754 55
12. 1985 Skil 723 65
13. 1986 PDM 657 67
14. 1987 PDM 419 143
15. 1988 PDM 74 448
16. 1989 PDM 24 642
Overall: 17304 68

Biography

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.

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