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Adri van der Poel

Adri van der Poel
Van der Poel in 1980
Personal information
Full nameAdri van der Poel
Born (1959-06-17) 17 June 1959 (age 64)
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional team
1981–1983DAF Trucks–Côte d'Or
1991–1992Tulip Computers
1993Mercatone Uno–Zucchini–Medeghini
1994–1995Collstrop–Willy Naessens
Major wins
World Championships (1996)
National Championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999)
World Cup (1996–97)
Superprestige (1996–97)

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (1987, 1988)

Stage races

Étoile de Bessèges (1988)
Herald Sun Tour (1988)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1987)
Tour of Flanders (1986)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1988)
Amstel Gold Race (1990)
Brabantse Pijl (1985)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1985)
Paris–Brussels (1985)
Paris–Tours (1987)
Scheldeprijs (1985)
Züri-Metzgete (1982)
Medal record
Representing  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Altenrhein Road race
Men's cyclo-cross
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Montreuil Elite
Silver medal – second place 1985 Munich Elite
Silver medal – second place 1988 Hägendorf Elite
Silver medal – second place 1989 Pontchâteau Elite
Silver medal – second place 1990 Getxo Elite
Silver medal – second place 1991 Gieten Elite
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Leeds Elite
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Poprad Elite

Adri van der Poel[1][2] (born 17 June 1959) is a retired Dutch cyclist. Van der Poel was a professional from 1981 to 2000. His biggest wins included six classics, two stages of the Tour de France and the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in 1996. He also obtained the second place and silver medal in the World Road Championships in 1983 behind Greg LeMond and five second places in the World Cyclo-Cross championships.[3] The Grand Prix Adrie van der Poel is named after him.


Van der Poel began his career on the road and during his first season as a professional he obtained second place in Paris–Nice behind Stephen Roche and second place in the La Flèche Wallonne. In the Tour de France, he won two stages; his stage win in 1988 set the record for fastest stage (since then only surpassed by three cyclists).[4] Van der Poel also competed in cyclo-cross during the winter and obtained great results – that he turned full-time to cyclo-cross in the latter part of his career where he won the World Championships in 1996 and the World Cup and Superprestige classifications in 1997. Van der Poel retired after the 2000 Cyclo-Cross World Championships where he finished fourth and which was won by his teammate Richard Groenendaal.

In 1983 he tested positive for strychnine. He said that his father-in-law had served a pigeon pie for Sunday lunch, and only when he tested positive did he realise that the pigeons had been doped with strychnine.[5][6][7]


Van der Poel is the son-in-law of the famous French cyclist Raymond Poulidor. His sons David and Mathieu are also cyclists. Mathieu van der Poel became cyclo-cross world champion himself in the junior race in 2012 (Koksijde) and 2013 (Louisville, Kentucky) and then matching his father's title in 2015 (Tábor, Czech Republic), 2019, 2020 and 2021, and added wins in the prestigious Tour of Flanders in 2020, Strade Bianche in 2021 and Milan-Sanremo in 2023.

Adri van der Poel after winning Grote Prijs Raf Jonckheere 1989 in Westrozebeke.

Van der Poel's brother Jacques was also a professional cyclist from 1986 to 1992.

Major results


1st Zürich-Waid
2nd UCI World Championships
3rd Gavere
1st National Championships
2nd UCI World Championships
1st National Championships
2nd UCI World Championships
2nd Wetzikon
1st National Championships
2nd UCI World Championships
1st National Championships
1st Gavere
2nd Gieten
2nd UCI World Championships
1st National Championships
2nd Gavere
3rd UCI World Championships
1st Valkenswaard
3rd Roma
1st National Championships
UCI World Cup
2nd Loenhout
3rd Igorre
2nd Overijse
3rd Overall Superprestige
1st Overijse
1st Diegem
2nd Harnes
3rd Wetzikon
1st UCI World Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Pontchâteau
3rd Overall Superprestige
1st Sint Michielsgestel
2nd Wetzikon
3rd Diegem
3rd Harnes
1st Surhuisterveen
1st Vossem
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Praha
1st Koksijde
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Milan
1st Sint Michielsgestel
1st Harnes
1st Woerden
1st Kalmthout
1st Nommay
1st Essen
1st Loenhout
1st Haegendorf
2nd Overall Superprestige
1st Diegem
1st Wetzikon
2nd Gieten
2nd Overijse
2nd Harnes
3rd Silvelle
3rd Milano
2nd Overall UCI World Cup
2nd Eschenbach
2nd Praha
2nd Koksijde
2nd Heerlen
3rd Pontchâteau
1st Harderwijk
1st Niel
1st Rijkevorsel
1st Zeddam
1st Loenhout
1st Surhuisterveen
1st National Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Nommay
3rd Koksijde
3rd Overall Superprestige
1st Harnes
2nd Wetzikon
3rd Silvelle
3rd Diegem
1st Pijnacker
1st Montevrain
3rd UCI World Championships
1st Harderwijk
1st Lutterbach
Gazet van Antwerpen
2nd Essen
3rd Overall Superprestige
2nd Overijse
2nd Diegem
3rd Ruddervoorde
3rd Surhuisterveen
3rd Heerlen
2nd National Championships
UCI World Cup
3rd Leudelange
3rd Kalmthout


See also


Adrie van der Poel at ProCyclingStats

  1. ^ Wired 15.01: The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame. (2009-01-04). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  2. ^ Nieuwsselectie: Sport. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  3. ^ Adrie van der Poel Archived 15 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Le Tour en chiffres Les autres records" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Wired article 'The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame'". Wired. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  6. ^ "The Sunday Herald, 12 December 1999 "A drugs cheat? not me!" by Richard Bath". Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ Cadence Nutrition, Pdf Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
Sporting positions Preceded byJos Lammertink Dutch National Road Race Champion 1987 Succeeded byPeter Pieters
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