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Adrie van der Poel

Full name: Adrianus Aloysius Jacobus "Adrie" van der Poel
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: June 17, 1959 in Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Cycling


Adrie van der Poel was a successful classics cyclist in the 1980s, who had a second career as a cyclo-cross racer. His list of victories includes wins in the Züri-Metzgete (1982), Clásica de San Sebastián (1985), Ronde van Vlaanderen (1986), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1987) and Amstel Gold Race (1990). Van der Poel was also victorious in two Tour de France stages, and the 1987 Dutch road race championships. That same year, he won his first national title in cyclo-cross, and six more would follow until 1999. In the World Cyclo-Cross Championships he was known for "always" finishing in second place (he won a silver medal in 1985, and 1988-1991) until he finally took the rainbow jersey in 1996. Van der Poel had also won a World Championship medal on the road, in Switzerland in 1983. In 1999, the annual cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide (Van der Poel's home town) was renamed Grand Prix Adri van der Poel in his honour. The first time the race bore his name, Van der Poel won the race himself.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Netherlands NED 7
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial Netherlands NED 15

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 7 at 8:26

Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Cycling Netherlands NED Final Standings 15 2-10:17.3
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