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Johan van der Velde (born 12 December 1956 in Rijsbergen) is a former Dutch cyclist. In the 1980 Tour de France he won the young rider classification, also placing 12th in the general classification that year. He had been a racing cyclist for only a year. In the 1981 Tour de France he took first place on the second and 21st stages, finishing 12th overall for the second year. He rode with TI–Raleigh in the Tour de France from 1979 to 1983, and the Panasonic team where he won Stage 5 and wore the Yellow Jersey for two days in the 1986 Tour de France.

Johan van der Velde
Profronde van Tiel Johan van de Velde bij zijn fiets, Bestanddeelnr 932-2821.jpg
Van der Velde in 1982
Personal information
Full nameJohan van der Velde
Born (1956-12-12) 12 December 1956 (age 62)
Rijsbergen, Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young Rider Classification
(1980)
3 Individual stages
5 Team Time Trials
Giro d'Italia
Points classification
(1985, 1987, 1988)
3 Individual stages

Stage Races

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1980)
Ronde van Nederland 1978
Tour of Britain (1978)
Tour de Romandie (1978)

Single-Day Races and Classics

Dutch National Road Race Champion (1980, 1982)
Brabantse Pijl (1986)
Zürich-Metzgete (1983)

Contents

DeclineEdit

He was distinctive in the peloton for his lean, long-legged appearance, his smooth pedalling style and his long hair. He rode in support of riders such as Joop Zoetemelk, whom he could pace over mountains at impressive speed, but he was also capable of winning on his own. Success came to him early and, he said in an interview with the author Jan Siebelink ("Pijn is genot") that he had trouble coping when that success began to dry up. Van der Velde said he remembered shivering at the start of an Italian race, the skin of his arms wrinkled in goosebumps, because of the amphetamine he had taken just to start.

Addiction to amphetamine and a lifelong habit of petty theft, which he said came from seeing his father bring home things he had stolen from work, brought him into trouble with the law. He was caught stealing lawnmowers and breaking into post office stamp machines to raise money to cover his addiction and his gambling. The jail sentence and the loss of all he had won forced him and his Belgian wife, Josée, to sell the villa they had owned. They moved into a series of anonymous houses and apartments. Van der Velde began hospital treatment for his addiction and became deeply religious. He began work on building sites, rarely saying who he was or what he had been, to rebuild his self-esteem. For many years he tried to keep his address and his identity secret.

RehabilitationEdit

Van der Velde is now often seen at junior races, where he accompanies his son, also a racer. He took part in a celebrity edition of the Big Brother television series in 2000 and has worked in public relations for the Quickstep team, driving its guests at races. It was announced that van der Velde would join the new Roompot Orange Cycling Team as a driver for 2015.[1]

His manager at Ti-Raleigh, Peter Post, said he had always considered Van der Velde the son that he had never had.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1977
1st Stage 3 Tour de Liège
1st Stage 5 Tour de Liège
1978
1st Overall Tour de Romandie
1st stage 1
1st stage 5
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st stage 4
1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 4
1979
1st Stage 2 Tour de Romandie
1980
1st   National Road Race Championship
12th Overall Tour de France
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 1b (TTT)
1st Stage 7b (TTT)
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 6
2nd Overall Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 4a
1st Stage 4b
1st Stage 5
1981
12th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 1b (TTT)
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 7 (TTT)
1st Stage 21
1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 5a Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4b GP du Midi-Libre
1st Stage 4 Ronde van Nederland
1982
1st   National Road Race Championship
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 9a (TTT)
1st Stage 2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 5a Ronde van Nederland
1983
1st Zürich-Metzgete
1st Stage 5 Setmana Catalana de Ciclismo
1984
1st Stage 5a Tour de Romandie
1985
22nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Stage 4 Tour de Romandie
1986
52nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 5
16th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 19
1st Brabantse Pijl
1987
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 15
1st Stage 16
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
1988
65th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
  Vuelta a España
  Giro d'Italia 5 22 16 9 65 DNF
  Tour de France 14 12 12 3 DNF 52
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "News shorts: Santambrogio to return with Amore & Vita". cyclingnews.com. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henk Lubberding
Dutch National Road Race Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Jacques Hanegraaf
Preceded by
Jacques Hanegraaf
Dutch National Road Race Champion
1982
Succeeded by
Jan Raas