Jan Raas (born 8 November 1952) is a Dutch former professional cyclist whose 115 wins include the 1979 World Road Race Championship in Valkenburg, he also won the Tour of Flanders in 1979 and 1983, Paris–Roubaix in 1982 and Milan–San Remo in 1977. He won ten stages in the Tour de France. In six starts, Raas won the Amstel Gold Race five times.[1] In his entire career he competed in 23 of the highly contested "Monument" Races and he finished on the podium in almost half of them: 1st place four times and 3rd place six times.

Jan Raas
Raas in 1978
Personal information
Full nameJan Raas
Born (1952-11-08) 8 November 1952 (age 71)
Heinkenszand, Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional teams
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
10 individual stages (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984)

Stage races

Étoile de Bessèges (1981)
Ronde van Nederland (1979)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championship (1976, 1983, 1984)
Milan–San Remo (1977)
Amstel Gold Race (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982)
Paris–Brussels (1978)
Paris–Tours (1978, 1981)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (1979, 1980, 1981)
Tour of Flanders (1979, 1983)
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (1980, 1983)
Omloop Het Volk (1981)
Gent–Wevelgem (1981)
Paris–Roubaix (1982)
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Valkenburg Road race

Raas was a tactician and clever sprinter. He struggled on the long steep climbs but excelled on the short climbs characteristic of the northern classics.



Born in Heinkenszand, near Goes in Zeeland, Raas was the son of a farmer and one of 10 children. He showed no interest in cycling until leaving school at 16 when he acquired his first racing bike and started competing as a junior category, taking his first victory in Damme in Belgium on the 21 July 1969. Further success as an amateur, including stage wins in the Olympia Tour and the national championship, prompted Peter Post, the manager of TI–Raleigh, to offer Raas a contract for 1975

The 22-year-old had a good first season with two small victories and fourth in the Tour of Belgium. The following year (1976) saw him become national champion, but at the end of that year Raas parted company with TI–Raleigh, looking for more freedom to race.[2]

Raas wearing the yellow jersey at the 1978 Tour de France

In 1977 he rode for Frisol. Victories in Milan–San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race made Post rethink and Raas was back with TI–Raleigh for 1978. Raas became the influence behind the success of the team in the late seventies and early eighties. He was joint leader with Gerrie Knetemann, heading members such as Joop Zoetemelk, Ludo Peeters, Cees Priem and Henk Lubberding.

He played a major role in the victory of Zoetemelk in the 1980 Tour de France, as TI-Raleigh had one of the most dominant performances in all of TDF history not only containing Bernard Hinault, but also winning twelve stages, including seven in a row at one point.

Raas’ highlights for the rest of his career included his 1979 world championship on home soil in Valkenburg, where he outsprinted German "Didi" Thurau in front of 200,000 spectators (even with the help from team-mates that push him during the climb, grabbing service vehicle, and the fall of Giovanni Battaglin caused by Thurau and Raas himself on the last 200m). He had four more victories in the Amstel Gold Race to give a record of five. Raas regarded the Amstel Gold as his favourite race: “The Gold Race was made for me, I had no ability as a climber, but the short and hard Limburg hills were made for me”, he said. He won Paris–Roubaix at his seventh attempt in 1982 thanks to work by his team, especially Peeters.

Raas crashed in the 1984 Milan–San Remo, injuring his back and internal organs and was never the same, although he took a stage in the 1984 Tour de France. He found the training and recovery hard and retired on 28 May 1985 after a criterium at Hansweert the preceding day.

Raas’ know-how made for a natural move into team management and he became sporting director of Kwantum team. Raas found sponsors when old ones pulled out and the team received backing from SuperConfex, Buckler, WordPerfect, Novell and finally Rabobank.

Raas and his wife Anja suffered an armed raid on their house in March 1994[3] and Raas decided he could no longer spend long periods away from home. He changed from sporting director to manager when Rabobank became the main sponsor in 1995. He spent eight years in this capacity until the end of 2003, the sponsor indicating that insoluble differences prompted Raas' departure.[4]

Major results



1st Stage 5 Olympia's Tour
1st Ronde van Midden-Nederland
Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 7a & 8
2nd Ronde van Drenthe
1st Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
5th Paris–Tours
6th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
6th Tour of Flanders
8th Omloop Het Volk
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 4 Tour of Belgium
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Tour du Haut Var
4th Brabantse Pijl
7th Paris–Roubaix
9th Omloop Het Volk
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Stage 6 Tour de France
2nd Omloop Het Volk
3rd Tour of Flanders
4th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 1
5th Brabantse Pijl
6th Paris–Roubaix
7th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
8th Paris–Tours
10th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Paris–Brussels
1st Paris–Tours
Tour de France
1st Prologue, Stages 1a & 21
1st Stage 2 Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Omloop Het Volk
4th Gent–Wevelgem
1st   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Prologue
1st Stage 2
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 1b Tour of Belgium
Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue & Stage 5a
2nd Omloop Het Volk
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Paris–Tours
5th Paris–Roubaix
Tour de France
1st Stages 1a, 1b (TTT), 7b & 9
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Stage 1b Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 3 Tour of Belgium
Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue (with Gerrie Knetemann), Stages 2 & 3b
1st Stage 3 Étoile de Bessèges
Tour de Luxembourg
1st Prologue & Stage 1
1st Stage GP de Cannes
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (track) (with René Pijnen)
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
4th Omloop Het Volk
6th Gent–Wevelgem
1st   Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Prologue, Stages 1 & 3
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Stage 3b Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Tour of Flanders
5th Amstel Gold Race
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Dwars door België
2nd Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Prologue
1st Prologue Étoile de Bessèges
Tour de France
1st Stages 6 & 9a (TTT)
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
6th Omloop Het Volk
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
1st Stage 1a Three Days of De Panne
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Omloop Het Volk
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Amstel Gold Race
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 9 Tour de France

General classification results timeline



Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
  Giro d'Italia Has not contested during his career
  Tour de France 24 DNF 83 DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF
  Vuelta a España Has not contested during his career

Classics results timeline



Monument 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Milan–San Remo 1 105 12 3 14 3 93
Tour of Flanders 6 11 3 22 1 3 3 13 1
Paris–Roubaix 40 7 6 3 5 1
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 13
Giro di Lombardia Has not contested during his career
Classic 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Amstel Gold Race 2 1 1 1 1 5 1 3
La Flèche Wallonne 31
Gent Wevelgem 24 10 4 3 6 1 2

Major championship results timeline



Event 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
  World Championships Road race DNF 9 DNF 13 1 DNF DNF 17 DNF
  National Championships Road race 1 2 3 5 4 1 1
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish



See also



  1. ^ John Wilcockson (2010-04-16) Amstel Gold Race preview: Horner and Hesjedal are North America’s best chance Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Velonews.competitor.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
  2. ^ Boyce, Barry (2006). "Top 20 All Time Major Classics: Milan–San Remo 1977: Youthful Dutchman Wins a Monument". Cycling revealed. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Jan Raas" by Noel Truyers, ISBN 90-74128-45-9, Pages 39 and 40
  4. ^ Anthony Tan (2003-12-10) "I just want to kick ass!". Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
  5. ^ a b c d "Jan Raas (Netherlands)". The-Sports.org. Québec, Canada: Info Média Conseil. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Jan Raas". Cycling Archives. de Wielersite. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by