Historic Overview Gerrie Knetemann

Rider

Overall Rank77
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
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)
More results

Seasons

Gerrie Knetemann - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1974 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1056 37
2. 1975 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1459 20
3. 1976 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 990 38
4. 1977 TI - Raleigh 1663 14
5. 1978 TI - Raleigh - Mac Gregor 2529 5
6. 1979 TI-Raleigh - Mac Gregor 2102 11
7. 1980 TI - Raleigh - Creda 1565 19
8. 1981 TI-Raleigh - Creda 1286 24
9. 1982 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 1212 27
10. 1983 TI - Raleigh - Campagnolo 269 171
11. 1984 Europ Decor - Boule d'Or 706 56
12. 1985 Skil - Sem - Kas - Miko 672 65
13. 1986 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 639 69
14. 1987 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 400 148
15. 1988 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 73 448
16. 1989 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 23 642
Overall: 16644 77