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Thomas De Gendt (born 6 November 1986) is a Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.[2] He previously rode for rivals Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator,[3] Vacansoleil–DCM,[4] 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 32)
Sint-Niklaas, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11 st 5 lb)
Team information
Current teamLotto–Soudal
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeBreakaway specialist[1]
Amateur team(s)
2006–2008Unibet–Davo
Professional team(s)
2009–2010Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2011–2013Vacansoleil–DCM
2014Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015–Lotto–Soudal
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2016)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2012)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (2018)
1 individual stage (2017)

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CareerEdit

 
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.[5] 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.[6]

In October 2013, Omega Pharma–Quick-Step announced that they were signing De Gendt for the 2014 season after the Vacansoleil–DCM outfit folded.[7] After an uneventful season with them, De Gendt moved to Lotto–Soudal in 2015 for an initial two-year contract.[8] At the 2016 Tour de France, he won stage 12 which finished at Mont Ventoux.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2007
1st Stage 3 Thüringen Rundfahrt
2008
1st   Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 1
1st Grand Prix de Waregem
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Navarra
2009
Tour of Britain
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Sprints classification
1st Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
1st Stage 4 Tour de Wallonie
2010
1st   Sprints classification Volta ao Algarve
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2011
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 3
2012
1st Stage 7 Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 20
3rd Amstel Curaçao Race
2013
1st Stage 7 Volta a Catalunya
2015
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice
  Combativity award Stage 13 Tour de France
2016
Tour de France
1st Stage 12
Held   after Stages 5–7, 12–14
  Combativity award Stages 5 & 12
Vuelta a España
Held   after Stage 9
  Combativity award Stage 4
Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Sprints classification
1st Stage 4
2017
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
2018
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
2019
Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 3 65
  Tour de France 62 96 67 40 51 65
  Vuelta a España 62 DNF DNF 65 57 67

ReferencesEdit

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

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