Adri van der Poel

Adri van der Poel

Van der Poel in 2011
Personal information
Full name Adri van der Poel
Born (1959-06-17) 17 June 1959
Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins

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 Championship (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)

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Overall 1996/1997
3 individual races

Cyclo-cross Superprestige

Overall 1996/1997
13 individual races

GvA Trophy

6 individual races

Cyclo-cross World Championships (1996)

National Cyclo-cross Championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999)
This is a Dutch name; the family name is van der Poel, not Poel.

Adri van der Poel[1][2] (born 17 June 1959 in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch cyclist. Van der Poel was a professional from 1981 to 2000. His biggest wins included 6 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 Cylo-Cross championships.[3] The Grand Prix Adri 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).

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

Major results

Adri van der Poel in 1980
7th Olympic Games, Road race[3]
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Overall, 1st Stage 3
1st, Stage 1, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Züri-Metzgete
1st, Stage 4, Paris–Nice
1st, Prologue, Tour de Luxembourg
2nd, World Cycling Championship
3rd, Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall, 1st Stage 4 and Points Classification
1st, Paris–Brussels
1st, Clásica de San Sebastián
1st, Brabantse Pijl
1st, Stage 7 Nissan Classic
2nd, Giro di Lombardia
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
Tour de Luxembourg
1st, Stage 1 and 4
Republic of Ireland 6th Tour of Ireland
1st, Tour of Flanders
1st, Nationale Sluitingsprijs
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd, Paris–Roubaix
3rd, Züri-Metzgete
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
Netherlands Dutch National Road Race Championship
1st, Grand Prix des Fourmies
1st, Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
Tour de France
1st, Stage 9
Tour de Suisse
1st, Stage 1 and 2
1st, Paris-Tours
1st, Stage 16, Tour de France
1st, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Overall and Stage 2
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
3rd, Overall, Tour of Flanders
3rd, Overall, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Stage 6, Paris–Nice
1st, Stage 5, Tour Méditerranéen
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Brabantse Pijl
2nd, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Amstel Gold Race
1st, Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Overall, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Circuito de Getxo
1st, Stage 4, Ronde van Nederland
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Overall, Tour of Great Britain
3rd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Profronde van Heerlen
World Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Surhuisterveen, Sint Michielsgestel, Pontchateau & Vossem.
1st World Cup
1st Superprestige
1st Prague, Woerden, Kalmthout, Gieten, Nommay, Milan, Essen, Koksijde, Loenhout, Sint Michielsgestel, Harnes & Haegendorf
1st Harderwijk, Niel, Rijkevorsel, Diegem, Zeddam, Loenhout, Wetzikon, Chateau La Croix Laroque & Surhuisterveen
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Veldrit Pijnacker, Grand Prix Nommay, Montevrain & Harnes
1st Lutterbach & Harderwijk

See also


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Adrie van der Poel.
  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. 1 2 Adrie van der Poel.
  4. "Le Tour en chiffres Les autres records" (PDF) (in French).
  5. "Wired article 'The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame'". Wired. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  6. The Sunday Herald, 12 December 1999 "A drugs cheat? not me!" by Richard Bath
  7. Cadence Nutrition, Pdf Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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