Joop Zoetemelk

NameJoop Zoetemelk
Date of BirthDecember 3, 1946
Place of BirthThe Hague, Netherlands
Cycling DisciplineRoad cycling
Professional Career1970-1987
TeamsFlandria, Kwantum Hallen, TI-Raleigh, Skil-Sem, Panasonic
Major Achievements1980 Tour de France winner, 1979, 1982, and 1985 Tour de France runner-up, 1975 World Road Race Champion

Dutch former was born in The Hague, Netherlands, on December 3, 1946. In 1970, Zoetemelk started a professional cycling career. Over his career, he rode for a number of teams, including Flandria, Kwantum Hallen, TI-Raleigh, Skil-Sem, and Panasonic.

For his dependable performance in the Tour de France, Zoetemelk is well-known. With the exception of his first try in 1970, he participated in the race 16 times and finished each time. After coming in second place in the Tour de France in 1979, 1982, and 1985, Zoetemelk won his best triumph in 1980. He is one of only six cyclists in history to have placed third or higher at least six times in the Tour de France.

In addition to winning the 1975 World Road Race Championship and placing third in a number of other important competitions, like as the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espaa, and Paris-Nice, Zoetemelk also achieved success in the Tour de France.

Zoetemelk was renowned for his somber and subdued nature off the bike. He was also a devoted husband and father who frequently brought his wife and kids along on his outings to the races.

The following table lists the greatest accomplishments of Joop Zoetemelk:

1975World Road Race Champion
1979Tour de France Runner-up
1980Tour de France Winner
1982Tour de France Runner-up
1983Vuelta a España Winner
1985Tour de France Runner-up
1987Amstel Gold Race Winner

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