Maarten Tjallingii

Maarten Pieter Tjallingii (/əˈlɪŋɡi/ chə-LING-ghee; born 5 November 1977) is a Dutch former professional racing cyclist, who rode professionally between 2003 and 2016.

Maarten Tjallingii
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Tjallingii at the 2009 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Personal information
Full nameMaarten Pieter Tjallingii
Born (1977-11-05) 5 November 1977 (age 43)
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Disciplines
  • Road
  • Mountain biking
RoleRider
Rider typeRouleur
Breakaway specialist[1]
Professional teams
2003–2005Marco Polo
2006–2007Skil–Shimano
2008Silence–Lotto
2009–2016Rabobank[2]
Major wins
Stage races
Tour of Belgium (2006)
Tour of Qinghai Lake (2006)

CareerEdit

Born in Leeuwarden, Tjallingii's biggest win was the 2006 Tour of Belgium.[3] A frequent participant in breakaways in major races, his other most notable performances include a third place at the 2011 Paris–Roubaix and spending four days in the King of the Mountains jersey in the 2014 Giro d'Italia.[1]

Tjallingii was selected to ride the 2012 Tour de France, but crashed on stage 3, he continued for another 40 kilometres (25 miles) and finished it over ten minutes behind the winner Peter Sagan. However he did not start stage 4, reportedly with a fractured left hip, becoming the third retirement of the 2012 Tour.[4]

Tjallingii raced at the 2016 Giro d'Italia, which started in the Netherlands, and he made an impact on the early stages, winning the award for most aggressive rider on Stage 2 before taking the lead in the King of the Mountains competition on Stage 3, which finished 250 metres away from his home in Arnhem. He had previously announced that he would retire from racing in June, having signed a six-month contract extension with LottoNL–Jumbo for 2016.[5][6]

Major resultsEdit

2001
3rd Overall Tour du Faso
1st Stage 2
2003
1st Overall Tour du Faso
1st Stage 1
1st Rund um Rhede
2004
2nd Cross-country, National Mountain Bike Championships
2005
5th Overall Tour of Qatar
2006
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 1
1st Overall Tour of Qinghai Lake
1st Stage 7
7th Overall Tour de Picardie
10th Overall Tour of Britain
2007
2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
6th Grote Prijs Gerrie Knetemann
7th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
7th Overall Tour of Britain
7th Rund um den Henninger Turm
9th Omloop van het Houtland
10th Nokere Koerse
10th Ronde van het Groene Hart
2008
5th Profronde van Fryslan
6th Overall Tour of Belgium
7th Overall Tour of Qatar
2009
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
5th Overall Sachsen Tour
8th Overall Eneco Tour
2010
7th Overall Eneco Tour
2011
3rd Paris–Roubaix
2013
1st Stage 2 World Ports Classic
2014
Giro d'Italia
Held   after Stages 2–5
2015
1st Grote Prijs Beeckman-De Caluwé
2016
Giro d'Italia
Held   after Stage 3

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia 98 131 92 119 124
  Tour de France 131 98 DNF
  Vuelta a España 58 137 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Personal lifeEdit

During his career, Tjallingii was one of the few known vegetarian cyclists.[7][8] He lost one of his kidneys as a child.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b McQuillan, Tom (7 May 2016). "Giro d'Italia squad of the day: Team LottoNL-Jumbo". theroar.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Ronde van België" (in Dutch). Ronde van België.
  4. ^ "Tjallingii, Rojas out after crash-filled Tour de France stage". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Marcel Kittel Dominates First Sprint of Giro d'Italia". Giro d'Italia. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (8 May 2016). "Glorious homecoming for Tjallingii as Dutchman takes Giro d'Italia mountains jersey". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Tour de France sportzomer" (in Dutch). NOS. 11 July 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2008.
  8. ^ Atkins, Ben (23 July 2010). "Tour de France: Maarten Tjallingii's meat-free journey through France". VeloNation. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 November 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Maarten Tjallingii at Wikimedia Commons