Edwig Van Hooydonck

Edwig Van Hooydonck
Personal information
Full name Edwig Van Hooydonck
Born (1966-08-04) 4 August 1966
Ekeren, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1986 Kwantum Hallen-Yoko
19871989 Superconfex-Yoko
19901992 Buckler
19931994 Wordperfect
1995 Novell
1996 Rabobank
Major wins
Tour of Flanders (1989, 1991)
Vuelta a España, 1 stage
Brabantse Pijl (1987, 1991, 1993, 1995)

Edwig Van Hooydonck (born 4 August 1966 in Ekeren) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Belgium. He won the prestigious Tour of Flanders twice and Brabantse Pijl four times. He retired from professional cycling because he felt he could no longer compete with other cyclists, who were at the time starting to dope themselves, without himself cheating too. At this time Erythropoietin (EPO) was becoming a widely used doping agent in the sport.[1][2]

One minor innovation in cycling credited to Van Hooydonk are three quarter length bibshorts. After he had aggravated a knee problem during the 1989 Tour of Flanders, he had cycling shorts made that stretched below the knee, as an alternative to bandaging the knee.[3][4]

Major results

1st, Tour of Flanders U23
1st, Brabantse Pijl
1st, Stage 5, Ronde van Nederland
1st, Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st, Overall, Vuelta a Andalucía
1st, Prologue
1st, Stage 4, Tour Méditerranéen
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st, Tour of Flanders
1st, Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st, Brabantse Pijl
1st, Grand Prix de la Libération
1st, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1st, Tour of Flanders
1st, Schaal Sels
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1st, Stage 4, Étoile de Bessèges
1st, Stage 3, Tour of Ireland
1st, Stage 6, Vuelta a España
1st, Brabantse Pijl
1st, Stage 2, Tour de Romandie
1st, Stage 3b, Tour de Luxembourg
1st, Brabantse Pijl


  1. inrng.com
  2. Velominati › Awesome Belgian Guys: Edwig Van Hooydonk Sep 3 2012
  3. cycling 3/4 Bib Shorts | Rapha
  4. The Bosberg SATURDAY, 2 APRIL 2011 inrng.com

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