Wout Poels

Wouter Lambertus Martinus Henricus Poels (born 1 October 1987) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer, who rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Bahrain Victorious.[4]

Wout Poels
2018 Tour of Britain stage 8 - race second place Wout Poels (cropped).JPG
Personal information
Full nameWouter Lambertus Martinus Henricus Poels
NicknameWout, DJ Breadsticks
Born (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 34)
Venray, Limburg, the Netherlands
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)
Team information
Current teamTeam Bahrain Victorious
Rider typeClimber[1]
Professional teams
2006–2008Fondas-P3Transfer Team
2014Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015–2019Team Sky[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

One-day races and Classics

Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2016)


Poels was born in Venray. He almost lost a kidney after a massive crash on the sixth stage of the 2012 Tour de France.[5]

After competing with the Vacansoleil–DCM[6] squad since 2009, Poels moved to the Omega Pharma–Quick-Step squad for the 2014 season.[7]

Team Sky (2015–19)Edit

In September 2014, Team Sky announced that Poels would join them from 1 January 2015.[8] His first win for the team came in the 2015 Tirreno–Adriatico, where he led the team following the withdrawal of Chris Froome. Poels won stage 4 into Castelraimondo with an attack on the final climb and a solo descent to the finish line. He moved into the lead of the race and went on to finish seventh in the overall standings.[9][10] He later finished second overall at the Tour of Britain, winning the toughest mountain stage with an uphill finish on Hartside Fell.

In 2016, Poels won his first one-day race after sprinting to victory from a four-man group in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. It was the first monument for Team Sky and for Poels himself.[11][12]


In September 2019, Poels announced that he was joining the Bahrain–Merida team, later renamed as Bahrain–McLaren, for the 2020 season.[3]

Major resultsEdit

Poels at the 2015 Tour de France
10th Overall Vuelta a Extremadura
1st Mountains classification
1st   Overall Vuelta Ciclista a León
3rd Overall Volta a Lleida
3rd Rund um Düren
9th Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
2nd Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
9th Eschborn–Frankfurt City Loop
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st   Young rider classification
3rd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st   Young rider classification
7th Amstel Curaçao Race
8th Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 4
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Strade Bianche
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5
3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Milano–Torino
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
8th GP Ouest–France
1st   Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st   Points classification
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 4
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Stage 5 Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 6 Tour of Britain
4th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 7
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
6th Overall Vuelta a España
6th Milano–Torino
7th Overall Tour of Guangxi
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 6
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 7
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Vuelta a España
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
  Combativity award Stage 5 Tour de France
4th Overall Tour de la Provence
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 8 & 15–17
  Combativity award Stage 8

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 21 12
  Tour de France DNF DNF 28 44 28 58 26 110 16
  Vuelta a España 17 DNF 38 6 34 6 23
Major stage race general classification results
Stage races 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Paris–Nice DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 18 8 10 38 7 14 7
  Volta a Catalunya 24 34 NH 79
  Tour of the Basque Country 39 17 9 10
  Tour de Romandie DNF
  Critérium du Dauphiné 57 39 25 4
  Tour de Suisse 25 15 NH 31
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not held


  1. ^ a b http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/super-domestiques-the-unsung-heroes-of-the-tour-de-france-263143
  2. ^ "Team Sky". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Farrand, Stephen (18 September 2019). "Wout Poels leaves Team Ineos for leadership role at Bahrain-Merida". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc.
  4. ^ "Bahrain Victorious". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  6. ^ Atkins, Ben (3 January 2012). "Vacansoleil-DCM presented with twelve new riders for 2012". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC.
  7. ^ "OPQS Signs Wout Poels and Janier Acevedo". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Team Sky sign Leopold König, Nicolas Roche, Wout Poels, Andy Fenn, Lars Petter Nordhaug". skysports.com. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  9. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (15 March 2015). "Tirreno-Adriatico: Poels wins in Castelraimondo". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Tirreno-Adriatico: Quintana wins overall". Cyclingnews.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege". Cyclingnews.com. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Wout Poels (Wins)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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