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Gerrie Knetemann
Personal information
Full nameGerard Friedrich Knetemann
Nicknamede Kneet
Born(1951-03-06)6 March 1951
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Died2 November 2004(2004-11-02) (aged 53)
Bergen, the Netherlands
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
10 individual stages

Stage Races

Paris–Nice (1978)
Ronde van Nederland (1976, 1980, 1981, 1986)
Tour Méditerranéen (1978, 1980, 1983)
Vuelta a Andalucía (1976)

Single-Day Races and Classics

World Road Race Champion (1978)
Amstel Gold Race (1974, 1985)
Rund um den Henninger-Turm (1977)
Medal record
Men's road bicycle racing
Representing the  Netherlands
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Nürburgring Elite Men's Road Race

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. He wore the Yellow Jersey early in each Tour de France for four consecutive years between 1977 and 1980.

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.

Knetemann after the crash at 1983 Dwars door België (collection KOERS Museum of Cycle Racing)

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 De Schoorlse Duinen in Schoorl (gem. Bergen)

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

Teams

Knetemann raced for several different sponsored teams in his career, one of the most famous was the TI–Raleigh team, managed by Peter Post, with which he won the 1978 UCI Road World Championships.

Career achievements

Major results

1971

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

See also

Awards Preceded byHennie Kuiper Dutch Sportsman of the Year 1978 Succeeded byJan Raas
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