Bram Tankink

Bram Tankink (born 3 December 1978) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer,[1] who competed between 2000 and 2018 for the Löwik Meubelen–Tegeltoko, Domo–Farm Frites, Quick-Step–Innergetic and LottoNL–Jumbo squads.

Bram Tankink
Bram Tankink, Tour of California 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBram Tankink
  • The Tank
  • The Beast from the East
Born (1978-12-03) 3 December 1978 (age 42)
Haaksbergen, the Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Amateur team
2000Löwik Meubelen–Tegeltoko
Professional teams
2001–2002Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco

Born in Haaksbergen, Tankink started his career as a mountain biker, but in 1999 he became a road rider. In 2000 he became Dutch champion of the espoirs which resulted in a professional contract for 2001 at Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco. He stayed with this team for two years until he and a few others from this team went over to Quick-Step–Davitamon. Tankink usually acted as a helper in this team, hardly ever racing for his own success; but he was so much appreciated that the team allowed him to participate in the 2005 Tour de France which he finished in good form. After the Tour he played an important part in the victory of Filippo Pozzato at the 2005 HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg and during the 2005 Deutschland Tour he won the first stage from Attenburg to Plauen. Tankink also won several criteriums after the Tour de France.

Tankink joined Rabobank in 2008. He remained with the team until his retirement in 2018.[1]

Major resultsEdit

3rd Overall Turul Romaniei
1st   Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Mainfranken-Tour
2nd Overall Ster der Beloften
5th Rund um den Henninger Turm U23
8th Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
8th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
6th Japan Cup
8th Tour du Haut Var
1st Profronde van Maastricht
1st Profronde van Almelo
1st Stage 1 Deutschland Tour
3rd Profronde van Stiphout
3rd Profronde van Oostvoorne
1st Mijl van Mares
2nd Profronde van Almelo
3rd GP Buchholz
3rd Profronde van Stiphout
7th Tour du Haut Var
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Profronde van Maastricht
3rd Acht van Chaam
7th Overall Eneco Tour
8th Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Profronde van Wierden
2nd Profronde van Zwolle
3rd Profronde van Heerlen
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Eneco Tour
8th Trofeo Calvia
8th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Profronde van Zwolle
8th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
3rd Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
5th Brabantse Pijl
5th Omloop van het Houtland
9th Ruddervoorde Koerse
6th Druivenkoers Overijse
6th Omloop van het Houtland

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 35 61 DNF
  Tour de France 111 93 40 59 DNF 144 64 40 55
  Vuelta a España DNF 94 64 34 103
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "Notable riders retiring this season". Eurosport. Discovery, Inc. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019. Bram Tankink of Lotto NL Jumbo will be ending his 19-year career at the end of the season.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bram Tankink at Wikimedia Commons