Joop Zoetemelk

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHendrik Gerardes Jozef "Joop"•Zoetemelk
Used nameJoop•Zoetemelk
Nick/petnamesLe Hollandais de France, De Eeuwige Tweede, De Wieltjeszuiger
Born3 December 1946 in Den Haag (The Hague) (NED)
Measurements173 cm / 68 kg
NOC Netherlands


In the days when only amateurs raced at the Olympics, “Joop” Zoetemelk was the only Tour de France winner to also have won an Olympic gold medal. His gold medal came in the 100 kilometre team time trial in 1968. He had a very long career (18 years), riding in the Tour de France through 1986 and retiring after the 1987 season. He was a great all-rounder with few weaknesses but was unable to prevail over Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault for most of his career. However, Hinault rode in 1980 and Zoetemelk still won, although Hinault was forced to retire with knee problems. He had 10 stage wins in the Tour and set a record by finishing the race 16 times. In 1985 he capped his career by outsprinting Greg LeMond to also win the rainbow jersey of world professional road champion. Zoetemelk also won the 1979 Vuelta à España. His other major victories included La Flèche Wallonne in 1976; the 1987 Amstel Gold Race; Paris-Tours in 1977 and 1979; and Paris-Nice in 1974-75 and 1979.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) NED Joop Zoetemelk
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF
100 kilometres Team Time Trial, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 1 Gold
Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Joop Zoetemelk
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 2 h7 r1/4

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