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Jan Bakelants (born 14 February 1986) is a Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Sunweb.[2]

Jan Bakelants
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Bakelants at the 2013 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full nameJan Bakelants
Born (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 33)
Oudenaarde, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Team information
Current teamTeam Sunweb
Rider typePuncheur
Amateur team(s)
2006–2008Beveren 2000
2008Topsport Vlaanderen (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2009Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2010–2011Omega Pharma–Lotto
2014Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015–2018AG2R La Mondiale
2019–Team Sunweb
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2013)

One-day races and Classics

Gran Piemonte (2015)
Giro dell'Emilia (2015)


Bakelants at the 2017 Tour de France

His major wins include the 2008 Tour de l'Avenir and stage 2 of the 2013 Tour de France, claiming the yellow jersey after winning the stage by only a second of an advantage on the peloton after a late attack.[3] He also rode the 2010 Giro d'Italia, in which he finished 36th.

Bakelants left RadioShack–Leopard at the end of the 2013 season, and joined Omega Pharma–Quick-Step for the 2014 season.[4] In August 2014, it was announced that he would be leaving Omega Pharma–Quick-Step after one year and joining AG2R La Mondiale on an initial two-year deal.[5]

Bakelants was severely injured in a crash at the 2017 Giro di Lombardia when he crashed into a ravine on a fast descent, fracturing seven ribs and the first and third vertebrae. He did not lose consciousness and was transferred to the hospital in Como.[6] The crash left Bakelants 1 centimetre (0.39 inches) shorter.[7] After his crash, Bakelants spoke out about safety standards in cycling and Chris Froome's salbutamol case. He hoped to return to racing in March 2018,[8] and did so at the Classic Loire Atlantique in France.

Major resultsEdit

10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège Espoirs
1st   Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 6
1st   Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st   Overall Tour de Liège
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège Espoirs
2nd Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
2nd Grand Prix de Waregem
4th Overall Tour des Pyrénées
8th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2nd GP Triberg-Schwarzwald
5th De Vlaamse Pijl
7th Le Samyn
9th Overall Eneco Tour
10th Overall Tour of Belgium
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
6th Overall Tour de Wallonie
7th Trofeo Inca
10th Clásica de Almería
4th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Grand Prix de Wallonie
6th Overall Tour Down Under
6th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
10th Overall Eneco Tour
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
Tour de France
1st Stage 2
Held   after Stages 2 & 3
2nd Amstel Curaçao Race
National Road Championships
3rd Road race
4th Time trial
3rd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
4th Overall Eneco Tour
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th Overall Tour of Beijing
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Grand Prix de Wallonie
7th La Drôme Classic
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Gran Piemonte
2nd Grand Prix de Wallonie
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
6th Overall Critérium International
7th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
7th Coppa Sabatini
2nd La Drôme Classic
3rd Overall La Méditerranéenne
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 4
5th Giro dell'Emilia
6th Coppa Sabatini
8th Overall Tour La Provence
9th Classic Sud-Ardèche
3rd La Drôme Classic
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
6th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
5th Overall ZLM Tour

Grand Tour results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[9]
Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia 36 22 34 43
  Tour de France 18 24 20 50 22
  Vuelta a España 18 31 22 93 17


  1. ^ "RadioShack-Nissan-Trek announces lineup for 2012". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Team Sunweb confirm 2019 men's and women's rosters". Immediate Media Company. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ Pete, Cossins (30 June 2013). "Bakelants' luck is finally as good as his legs at Tour de France". Future plc. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ "OPQS Signs Bakelants for 2014". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. 28 September 2013. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Bakelants confirms move to AG2R-La Mondiale". 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. ^ Adams, Tom (8 October 2017). "Jan Bakelants and Simone Petilli are in hospital after crashing on dangerous Il Lombardia descent". Eurosport. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
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