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John Talen (born 18 January 1965) is a former road racing cyclist from the Netherlands, who was a professional from 1987 to 2000. As an amateur he won the world title in the 100 km team time trial, alongside Rob Harmeling, Tom Cordes and Gerrit de Vries, and finished second in the individual road race.[1]

John Talen
John Talen 1986.jpg
John Talen in 1986
Personal information
Full nameJohn Talen
Born (1965-01-18) 18 January 1965 (age 54)
Meppel, the Netherlands
Team information
Professional team(s)
1993TVM–Bison Kit
1994–1995Mercatone Uno–Medeghini
2000Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
Major wins
100 km Team Time Trial World Championships
Dwars door Vlaanderen

His biggest individual success as a pro was winning Dwars door Vlaanderen (1988) and the Scheldeprijs (1990). Talen rode in three editions of the Tour de France. In the 1994 Tour de France, he was last in the general classification, the lanterne rouge.[2]

Tour de FranceEdit


  1. ^ "Dutch Team Loses Cyclist, Wins Trial". Los Angeles Times. 5 September 1986. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  2. ^ John Talen at Cycling Archives