Jean-Paul van Poppel

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Jean-Paul van Poppel
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Personal information
Full nameJean-Paul van Poppel
Born (1962-09-30) 30 September 1962 (age 56)
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRoompot–Oranje Peloton
RoleSports director
Rider typeSprinter
Professional team(s)
1995Le Groupement/Individual sponsor
Managerial team(s)
2000Dutch national woman team
2001Acca Due O
2003American national women's team
2004Farm Frites - Hartol
2007-2008Team Flexpoint
2009-2010Cervélo TestTeam
2011-2014Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Points classification (1987)
9 individual stages (1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994)
Giro d'Italia
4 individual stages (1986, 1989)
Vuelta a España
9 individual stages (19911994)

Jean-Paul van Poppel (born 30 September 1962 in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch racing cyclist, who was nicknamed Popeye.

Van Poppel was one of the most successful Dutch road sprinters, he won stages in mass sprints in all three Grand Tours, sometimes from positions that appeared lost. In the Tour de France he won 9 stages altogether. In 1988 he won 4 stages, the highest won number by a Dutch cyclist in one tour,[1] he also competed in the individual road race event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2]

Van Poppel won the points classification in the 1987 Tour de France. After he ended his career in 1995, he became a directeur sportif in women's cycling. With his first wife, cyclist Leontine van der Lienden, Jean-Paul van Poppel has two sons, Boy van Poppel who races for Roompot-Charles and Danny van Poppel who races for Team Jumbo-Visma, and a daughter Kim.[3] Van der Lienden and Van Poppel have since divorced. Van Poppel remarried in 2004 with one of his team members, cyclist Mirjam Melchers.

From 2009-2010 he was one of the Sports Directors at the Cervélo Test Team based in Switzerland.[4] From 2011, he has served as a Sports Director for the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team until 2014. From 2015, van Poppel serves as a Sports Director for the Dutch ProContinental Team Roompot–Charles, together with Erik Breukink and Michael Boogerd.

Major results[edit]


1st Stage 7 Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 5 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 3a Tour of Belgium
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 13
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 8 & 17
Tour of Sweden
1st Stages 5, 6a & 7
Tour de France
1st Stages 3, 10, 17 & 22
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 & 15
1st Veenendaal–Veenendaal
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 6, 9, 13 & 21
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Stage 10 Tour de France
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4 & 8
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 2 Tour de France
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a España

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nederlandse helden: Jean-Paul van Poppel ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Jean-Paul van Poppel Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. ^ Rob Lampard (13 September 2012). "De Maar wins alone in Stoke". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  4. ^ Van Poppel signs with Cervelo
  5. ^ Jean-Paul van Poppel at Cycling Archives