Adri van der Poel

Adrie van der Poel[1][2] (born 17 June 1959 in Bergen op Zoom) is a retired Dutch cyclist. Van der Poel was a professional from 1981 to 2000. His biggest wins included six 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 Adrie van der Poel is named after him.

Adrie van der Poel
Van der Poel in 2011
Personal information
Full nameAdrie van der Poel
Born (1959-06-17) 17 June 1959 (age 62)
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional team
1981–1983DAF Trucks–Côte d'Or
1991–1992Tulip Computers
1993Mercatone Uno–Zucchini–Medeghini
1994–1995Collstrop–Willy Naessens
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)
Medal record
Representing  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Altenrhein Road race
Men's cyclo-cross
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Montreuil Elite race
Silver medal – second place 1985 Munich Elite race
Silver medal – second place 1988 Hägendorf Elite race
Silver medal – second place 1989 Pontchâteau Elite race
Silver medal – second place 1990 Getxo Elite race
Silver medal – second place 1991 Gieten Elite race
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Leeds Elite race
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Poprad Elite race

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), 2019, 2020 and 2021, and added wins in the prestigious Tour of Flanders in 2020 and Strade Bianche in 2021.

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

Major resultsEdit

Adrie van der Poel in 1980
7th Road race, Olympic Games
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Prologue Tour de Luxembourg
2nd   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Points Classification
1st Stage 4
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Paris–Brussels
1st Scheldeprijs
Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stages 1 & 4
2nd Overall Nissan Classic
1st Stage 5
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2nd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Züri–Metzgete
6th Overall Nissan Classic
1st   National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Paris–Tours
1st Grand Prix des Fourmies
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 9 Tour de France
Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 1 & 2
1st   Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 2
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Stage 16 Tour de France
2nd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1st   National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Stage 6 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 5 Tour Méditerranéen
2nd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd Brabantse Pijl
2nd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st   National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
2nd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1st   National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Circuito de Getxo
1st Stage 4 Ronde van Nederland
2nd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
1st   National Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
3rd   UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships
1st   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
  National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Veldrit Pijnacker, Grand Prix Nommay, Montevrain & Harnes
1st Lutterbach & Harderwijk

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Adrie van der Poel Archived 15 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Le Tour en chiffres Les autres records" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Wired article 'The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame'". Wired. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  6. ^ "The Sunday Herald, 12 December 1999 "A drugs cheat? not me!" by Richard Bath". Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ Cadence Nutrition, Pdf Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jos Lammertink
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Peter Pieters