Thomas De Gendt

Thomas De Gendt (born 6 November 1986) is a Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.[5] He previously rode for rivals Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator,[6] Vacansoleil–DCM,[7] and Omega Pharma–Quick-Step.

Thomas De Gendt
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De Gendt at the 2017 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameThomas De Gendt
Born (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 34)
Sint-Niklaas, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[1]
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10 st 12 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamLotto–Soudal
Rider typeBreakaway specialist[2]
Amateur team
Professional teams
2009–2010Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2014Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2016, 2019)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2012)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (2018)
1 individual stage (2017)


De Gendt at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, where he finished third overall after a solo breakaway which led to victory on the penultimate stage.

Born in Sint-Niklaas, De Gendt won the opening stage of the 2011 Paris–Nice and also won stage 7 of the 2011 Tour de Suisse. At the 2011 Tour de France, despite suffering a minor collarbone fracture, De Gendt had a strong final week, finishing sixth on stage 19 to Alpe d'Huez and fourth in the time trial the following day.

In 2012, De Gendt won stage 7 of Paris–Nice after a breakaway with Rein Taaramäe. In the Giro d'Italia he won the penultimate stage at the Stelvio Pass with a solo breakaway which brought him to fourth in the general classification.[8] The following day he advanced to finish third in the final classification to take his first grand tour podium after passing Michele Scarponi in the final Time Trial.[9]

In October 2013, Omega Pharma–Quick-Step announced that they were signing De Gendt for the 2014 season after the Vacansoleil–DCM outfit folded.[10] After an uneventful season with them, De Gendt moved to Lotto–Soudal in 2015 for an initial two-year contract.[11] At the 2016 Tour de France, he won stage 12 which finished at Mont Ventoux.[12] At the 2017 Vuelta a España, De Gendt won stage 19 from a breakaway, completing his set of stage wins in all three Grand Tours.[13]

In 2018, De Gendt won Stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya from a break, as is his habit. He added to his string of long breakaway victories by winning the second stage of the Tour de Romandie in solo fashion.[14]

In 2019, he won stage 8 of the Tour de France in spectacular fashion -- staying in the lead (as part of a 3-, 4-, and later 2-man breakaway for most of it) for all 200 km. On the final climb, yellow jersey contenders Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot tried to take it away from de Gendt with a break of their own, but couldn't catch up to him, ultimately conceding the stage by 6 seconds.

Major resultsEdit

1st Mountains classification Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
9th Grand Prix de Waregem
1st Stage 3 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st   Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 1
1st Grand Prix de Waregem
3rd Circuit de Wallonie
5th Overall Vuelta a Navarra
1st Stage 4
1st Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
Tour of Britain
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Sprints classification
4th GP Triberg-Schwarzwald
10th Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 4
10th Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st   Sprints classification Volta ao Algarve
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
4th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 3
9th Overall Volta ao Algarve
9th Chrono des Nations
1st Stage 7 Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 20
3rd Amstel Curaçao Race
1st Stage 7 Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice
  Combativity award Stage 13 Tour de France
Tour de France
1st Stage 12
Held   after Stages 5–7, 12–14
  Combativity award Stages 5 & 12
Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Sprints classification
1st Stage 4
Vuelta a España
Held   after Stage 9
  Combativity award Stage 4
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 19
  Combativity award Stage 13
1st   Mountains classification Tour Down Under
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
  Combativity award Stage 14 Tour de France
Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification
  Combativity award Stage 12
Tour de Romandie
1st   Points classification
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 2
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 Volta a Catalunya
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
Tour de France
1st Stage 8
  Combativity award Stage 8
Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice
1st Combativity classification Giro d'Italia
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 7 Volta a Catalunya

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 3 65 51 41 DNF
  Tour de France 62 96 67 40 51 65 60 52 82
  Vuelta a España 62 DNF DNF 65 57 67 56


  1. ^ a b "Thomas De Gendt - Lotto Soudal". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Thomas De Gendt solos to victory at opening stage at Criterium du Dauphine as Tour de France favourites finish safely in the bunch". 5 June 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Lotto-Soudal". Directvelo (in French). Association Le Peloton. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Steff Cras and Matthew Holmes complete Lotto Soudal's 2020 roster". Future plc. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Lotto Soudal". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  6. ^ Thomas De Gendt at Cycling Archives
  7. ^ "Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (VCD) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair. "De Gendt takes spectacular solo win in Giro". Reuters. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Giro d'Italia 2012 stage 21 results". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Thomas de Gendt signs one-year contract with Omega Pharma – Quick-Step". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  11. ^ "De Gendt signs two-year deal with Lotto-Belisol". Future plc. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  12. ^ Weislo, Laura (14 July 2016). "Froome knocked from bike on Mont Ventoux, keeps yellow". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  13. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (8 September 2017). "Vuelta a Espana: De Gendt takes Grand Tour stage triptych". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Tour de Romandie: De Gendt wins in Yverdon-les-Bains". Immediate Media Company. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.

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