Marc Wauters

Marc Wauters (born 23 February 1969 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian cyclist who was professional from 1991 until 2006. The 2004 Olympian, nicknamed The Soldier[1] was a member of the Rabobank cycling team of the UCI ProTour since 1998 and had to end his career several weeks short because of a broken collarbone which he suffered during a training on 20 September 2006.[2]

Marc Wauters
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Personal information
Full nameMarc Wauters
NicknameDe Soldaat (The Soldier)
Born (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 52)
Hasselt, Belgium
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11 st 7 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeTime-triallist
Professional teams
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 stage
Paris–Tours (1999)
Tour de Luxembourg (1999)
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx (1999, 2001)
Belgium National Time-trial Champion
(2002, 2003, 2005)

Wauters participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he took part in both the road race and the time trial without any success.[3][4] In his early career, between 1991 and 1996 he won several of the smaller road races in The Netherlands and Belgium he was cycling in. The only exception to this was his win in the 5th stage of the 1995 Vuelta a Andalucía.[5]

In 1997 and 1998 Wauters didn't win a single race, although he became 7th at the World Cycling Championships 1998, his highest position in this event during his career. From 1999 on after winning the Grand Prix Eddy Merckx he started achieving wins again. In this year he also won Paris–Tours, 2 stages in the Tour de Luxembourg plus the overall ranking and the overall classification in the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt. Trying to defend his title in Rheinland-Pfalz he won 3rd stage in 2000. At the end of the tour he had defended his title successively. He won the Grand Prix Eddy Merckx for the second time in his career in 2001. Wauters was known as a worker in the peloton and didn't win much, but helped his teammates achieving decent results. Meanwhile, he developed himself into one of Belgium's best time trial specialists, winning the Belgium championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005. At the 2004 World Championships he finished on a 7th position.[1]

On 15 October 2006 a memorial race was held in Zolder, Belgium to wave Wauters officially goodbye from the sport.[2]

Tour de FranceEdit

Wauters started in a total of 10 Tour de France editions, finishing in Paris eight times. His highest final ranking was 43rd in 2000.[6] The year after, during the 2001 Tour de France Wauters won the second stage, held from Calais to Antwerp. He was part of a breakaway containing 16 cyclists together with teammate Erik Dekker. Wauters got away from the group together with Arnaud Pretot who he beat in the final sprint. Because of his decent result in the prologue two days prior in Dunkerque he wore the yellow jersey for a day, before losing it to Stuart O'Grady.[7]

Major resultsEdit


  1. ^ a b Marc Wauters at Cycling Archives
  2. ^ a b Abrupt einde aan carrière Wauters Archived 29 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine,, 20 September 2006
  3. ^ Sydney 2000 results cycling,, 27 September 2000
  4. ^ Athens 2004 results cycling,, 14 August 2004
  5. ^ Marc Wauters - Belangrijke overwinningen,
  6. ^ The Tour since 1903, past results for Marc WAUTERS (BEL),
  7. ^ Tour de France : Local hero Wauters to wear yellow jersey Archived 13 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine, breaking news, 9 July 2001

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