Henk Nijdam

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHendrik "Henk"•Nijdam
Used nameHenk•Nijdam
Born26 September 1935 in Eelderwolde (NED)
Died30 April 2009 in Breda (NED)
Measurements172 cm / 75 kg
NOC Netherlands


Henk Nijdam started out as a pursuit specialist on the track. After competing in the team pursuit at the 1960 Olympics, he won the individual pursuit world title the following year. He turned professional in 1962, and again won the individual pursuit at the World Championships, following in the footsteps of Rudi Altig. His world title also earned him the “male athlete of the year” award in the Netherlands. Nijdam then switched focus to road racing. His greatest successes came in the major stage races, winning two stages in the Tour de France (1964, 1966) and four in the Vuelta (1966, 1967). His son Jelle would also become a successful cyclist, winning 6 Tour stages between 1987 and 1991.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Henk Nijdam
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands =5

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