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Johan van der Velde

Johan van der Velde
Van der Velde in 1982
Personal information
Full nameJohan van der Velde
Born (1956-12-12) 12 December 1956 (age 67)
Rijsbergen, Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1984–1985Metauro Mobili–Pinarello
1987–1988Gis Gelati–Jollyscarpe
1988–1989TVM–Van Schilt
1989Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
1990IOC–Tulip Computers
1990Orbea–Alimentos de España
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (1980)
3 individual stages (1981, 1986)
5 TTT stages (1980, 1981, 1982)
Giro d'Italia
Points classification (1985, 1987, 1988)
3 individual stages (1986, 1987)

Stage Races

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1980)
Tour de Romandie (1978)
Ronde van Nederland (1978)
Tour of Britain (1978)

One-Day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1980, 1982)
Brabantse Pijl (1986)
Zürich-Metzgete (1983)

Johan van der Velde (born 12 December 1956 in Rijsbergen) is a former Dutch cyclist. In the 1980 Tour de France, he won the young rider classification, also placing 12th in the general classification that year. He had been a racing cyclist for only a year. In the 1981 Tour de France, he took first place on the second and 21st stages, finishing 12th overall for the second year. He rode with TI–Raleigh in the Tour de France from 1979 to 1983 and the Panasonic team where he won Stage 5 and wore the Yellow Jersey for two days in the 1986 Tour de France.


He was distinctive in the peloton for his lean, long-legged appearance, his smooth pedalling style and his long hair. He rode in support of riders such as Joop Zoetemelk, whom he could pace over mountains at impressive speed, but he was also capable of winning on his own. Success came to him early and, he said in an interview with the author Jan Siebelink ("Pijn is genot") that he had trouble coping when that success began to dry up. Van der Velde said he remembered shivering at the start of an Italian race, the skin of his arms wrinkled in goosebumps, because of the amphetamine he had taken just to start.

Addiction to amphetamine and a lifelong habit of petty theft, which he said came from seeing his father bring home things he had stolen from work, brought him into trouble with the law. He was caught stealing lawnmowers and breaking into post office stamp machines to raise money to cover his addiction and his gambling. The jail sentence and the loss of all he had won forced him and his Belgian wife, Josée, to sell the villa they had owned. They moved into a series of anonymous houses and apartments. Van der Velde began hospital treatment for his addiction and became deeply religious. He began work on building sites, rarely saying who he was or what he had been, to rebuild his self-esteem. For many years he tried to keep his address and his identity secret.


Van der Velde is now often seen at junior races, where he accompanies his son, also a racer. He took part in a celebrity edition of the Big Brother television series in 2000 and has worked in public relations for the Quickstep team, driving its guests at races. It was announced that van der Velde would join the new Roompot Orange Cycling Team as a driver for 2015.[1]

His manager at Ti-Raleigh, Peter Post, said he had always considered Van der Velde the son that he had never had.

Career achievements

Major results

Tour de Liège
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 4
1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 2 Tour de Romandie
1st Road race, National Road Championships
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 6
Tour de France
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 1b (TTT) & 7b (TTT)
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1, 4a, 4b & 5
Tour de France
1st Stages 1b (TTT), 2, 7 (TTT) & 21
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 5a Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4b GP du Midi-Libre
1st Stage 4 Ronde van Nederland
1st Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 2 Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 5a Ronde van Nederland
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 9a (TTT)
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Stage 5 Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Stage 5a Tour de Romandie
1st Points classification, Giro d'Italia
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Stage 4 Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Points classification
1st Stages 15 & 16
1st Points classification, Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
A yellow jersey Vuelta a España
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 5 22 16 9 65 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 14 12 12 3 DNF 52
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also


  1. ^ "News shorts: Santambrogio to return with Amore & Vita". 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
Sporting positions Preceded byHenk Lubberding Dutch National Road Race Champion 1980 Succeeded byJacques Hanegraaf Preceded byJacques Hanegraaf Dutch National Road Race Champion 1982 Succeeded byJan Raas
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