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Michel Stolker (29 September 1933 – 28 May 2018)

On the age of 84, Mies Stolker has passed away in Etten-Leur. The Dutchmen was a pro cyclist in the 50’s and 60’s. In 1956, he won a stage in the Giro d’Italia and eight years later he won a stage in the Vuelta a Espana.

Michel “Mies” Stolker
Born: 29 September 1933, Zuilen (NED)
Died: 28 May 2018, Etten-Leur (NED)

Teams
1956 – Locomotief-Vredestein / Italcover / Magneet-Vredestein
1957 – Locomotief-Vredestein / Eroba-Vredestein
1958 – Locomotief-Vredestein / Magneet-Vredestein
1959 – Saint-Raphaël – R. Geminiani – Dunlop / Magneet-Vredestein
1960 – Helyett-Leroux-Fynsec-Hutchinson-A.C.B.B. / Fynsec-Helyett / Radium
1961 – Helyett-Fynsec-Hutchinson
1962 – Saint-Raphaël – Helyett – Hutchinson
1963 – Saint-Raphaël – Gitane – R. Geminiani – V.C. 12ème / KAS – Kaskol
1964 – KAS – Kaskol
1965 – Fyffes
1966 – Willem II – Gazelle

Wins
11.07.1953 – Ronde van Overijssel
05.06.1955 – Ronde van Limburg
02.07.1955 – Ronde van Overijssel
16.07.1955 – Ronde van Midden-Brabant
02.06.1956 – Giro d’Italia, stage 13: Lucca – Bologna
23.06.1956 – Tour de Luxembourg, stage 1 A: Luxembourg – Differdange
22.07.1957 – Hengstdijk
11.10.1958 – Tienen
10.05.1959 – Geldrop
21.05.1959 – Helchteren
22.07.1959 – Waasmunster
15.09.1959 – Waarschot
28.09.1959 – Langemark
18.07.1960 – Duffel
20.08.1960 – Lokeren
29.09.1960 – Omloop van het Houtland, Lichtervelde
09.10.1960 – Boom
06.07.1961 – Wezembeek-Oppem
23.07.1961 – Dinteloord
24.09.1961 – Tour de Picardie, stage 2: Amiens – Amiens
24.09.1961 – Tour de Picardie
05.10.1961 – GP Amitié Puteaux
17.05.1962 – GP du Midi-Libre, stage 1: Nîmes – Mende
20.05.1962 – GP du Midi-Libre
03.06.1962 – Critérium des Boulevards, Brive-la-Gaillarde
11.06.1962 – Circuit d’Armorique, Ploudalmézeau
15.08.1962 – Pleine-Fougères
14.07.1963 – Polder-Kempen, Kalmthout
08.02.1964 – Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia, stage 7: Cadiz – La Línea
07.05.1964 – Vuelta a Espana, stage 8: Jaca – Pamplona

Major results
World Championship: 1961/15
Giro d’Italia: 1956/36, 1960/53, 1961/37
Tour de France: 1956/DNF, 1957/44, 1962/33
Vuelta a Espana: 1958/DNF, 1962/7, 1964/DNF
Ronde van Vlaanderen: 1961/5, 1962/8
Paris-Roubaix: 1961/47, 1962/13
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 1959/38, 1960/9, 1961/19, 1963/24
Giro di Lombardia: 1960/4
Paris-Tours: 1960/2, 1961/7, 1962/40
Amstel Gold Race: 1966/10
Paris-Bruxelles: 1960/19, 1961/12, 1963/30

Posted in Cycling Road Giro d'Italia

Froome seventh rider to win all Grand Tours

Chris Froome has become the seventh rider to win all Grand Tours during his career. He’s the third rider, after Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, to win three consecutive Grand Tours.

Chris Froome is the first British rider to win the Giro d’Italia.

Since Giro 2016, Colombians have stood seven times on the podium of a Grand Tour, more than any other country.

Chris Froome is the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the general and mountain classification in one Giro.

Froome is the eighth rider to finish at least 10 times on the podium in a Grand Tour.

Tom Dumoulin is the fifth Dutchmen with multiple podium spots in Grand Tours after Hennie Kuiper (2), Erik Breukink (3), Jan Janssen (3) and Joop Zoetemelk (8). Only Breukink stood twice on the podium of the Giro, just like Dumoulin.

Adam Hansen finished his 20th consecutive Grand Tour in a row.

All Grand Tours during career
# | Rider | Nat | Giro | Tour | Vuelta
11 | Eddy Merckx | BEL | 5 | 5 | 1
10 | Bernard Hinault | FRA | 3 | 5 | 2
8 | Jacques Anquetil | FRA | 2 | 5 | 1
7 | Alberto Contador Velasco | SPA | 2 | 2 | 3
6 | Chris Froome | GBR | 1 | 4 | 1
5 | Felice Gimondi | ITA | 3 | 1 | 1
4 | Vincenzo Nibali | ITA | 2 | 1 | 1

Most podium spots in Grand Tour
13 | Jacques Anquetil | FRA
12 | Felice Gimondi | ITA
12 | Bernard Hinault | FRA
12 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
10 | Gino Bartali | ITA
10 | Raymond Poulidor | FRA
10 | Vincenzo Nibali | ITA
10 | Chris Froome | GBR

Posted in Cycling Road Giro d'Italia

Nieve twelfth rider to win Grand Tour stage on birthday

Mikel Nieve Iturralde became the twelfth rider to win a Grand Tour stage on his birthday and the first one since Marcel Kittel in Giro 2014.

Winning Grand Tour stage on birthday
1924 | Tour | Louis Mottiat | BEL
1938 | Tour | Gino Bartali | ITA
1948 | Tour | Gino Bartali | ITA
1949 | Tour | Gino Bartali | ITA
1963 | Tour | Roger De Breucker | BEL
1966 | Tour | Jo de Roo | NED
1987 | Vuelta | Luis-Alberto Herrera Herrera | COL
1993 | Giro | Fabio Baldato | ITA
1995 | Giro | Evgueni Berzin | RUS
1995 | Tour | Erik Zabel | DUI
2006 | Vuelta | Alexandre Vinokourov | KAZ
2014 | Giro | Marcel Kittel | DUI
2018 | Giro | Mikel Nieve Iturralde | SPA

In the Giro 2014 Orica, with Svein Tuft, won the opening team time trial on the birthday of the Canadian

Posted in Cycling Road Giro d'Italia

Viviani first Italian in 12 years with 4 or more Giro stages

Elia Viviani is the first Italian in twelve years to win 4 or more Giro stage in a single Tour. The last to do so was Ivan Basso in 2006.

The last four riders winning 4 or more stage in a single Grand Tour all achieved this for Quick Step.

4 or more stages in a single Grand Tour – last 10
4 | Elia Viviani | ITA | 2018 | Giro
4 | Matteo Trentin | ITA | 2017 | Vuelta
5 | Marcel Kittel | GER | 2017 | Tour
4 | Fernando Gaviria Rendon | COL | 2017 | Giro
4 | Mark Cavendish | GBR | 2016 | Tour
4 | Andre Greipel | GER | 2015 | Tour
4 | John Degenkolb | GER | 2014 | Vuelta
4 | Marcel Kittel | GER | 2014 | Tour
4 | Vincenzo Nibali | ITA | 2014 | Tour
4 | Marcel Kittel | GER | 2013 | Tour

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Bernal youngest winner ever in Tour of California

Egan Arley Bernal Gomez is the youngest winner ever of the Tour of California. The Colombian is 21 years, more than 2 years younger than Julian Alaphilippe when he won in 2016.

Youngest winners Tour of California
21-126 | Egan Arley Bernal Gomez | COL | 2018
23-345 | Julian Alaphilippe | FRA | 2016
24-280 | Tejay van Garderen | USA | 2013
25-111 | Peter Sagan | SVK | 2015
25-355 | Robert Gesink | NED | 2012
27-043 | George Bennett | AUS | 2017
30-136 | Floyd Landis | USA | 2006
30-155 | Michael Rogers | AUS | 2010
33-124 | Levi Leipheimer | USA | 2007
34-020 | Bradley Wiggins | GBR | 2014