Erik Breukink

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Erik Breukink
Erik Breukink at the 2007 Tour de France

Erik Christiaan Breukink (born April 1, 1964 in Rheden , Netherlands ) is a former Dutch professional cyclist .


In 1982 Erik Breukink was the Dutch junior champion in the single pursuit on the track . In 1984 he won a half stage of the Olympia's Tour , the following year a prologue and another stage. In 1985 he started for the national team in the International Peace Tour , but retired from the race. A year later he started in the Tour de Suisse and won a stage and the mountain classification. In 1987 he won a stage of the Tour de France and one at the Giro d'Italia , where he also wore the leader's Maglia Rosa for two days . The following year he won the junior ranking ofTour de France .

Breuking took part in the Tour de France eleven times ; he achieved his best overall ranking in 1990 when he was third overall. In addition, he won stage wins in all three Grand Tour de France, Vuelta a España , Giro d'Italia , a short difficult stage in the latter in 1987 in San Romolo and a year later in Bormio a legendary stage in snow and cold over the Gavia Pass in which he beat the eventual overall winner Andrew Hampsten . In the overall ranking he was third that year, second the following year and fourth in 1989 . In total, he achieved 64 victories over the course of his career.

After Breukink worked for several years as a co-commentator for the Dutch TV station NOS and a columnist for the Algemeen Dagblad , from 2004 he was the sporting director of the Dutch cycling team Rabobank . He has been working in the same position for the Roompot Oranje Peloton team since 2014 .

The stage race Grand Prix Erik Breukink , which took place in 2002 and 2003, was named after him.


Erik Breukink comes from a family that has many connections to cycling and cycling: his grandfather was Jan Breukink, a nephew of the founder of Gazelle Wilhelm Kölling, who was also director of the company until 1958, along with other family members. He was followed in the management of the company by his son Wim Breukink , who was also involved in cycling, for example as the sports director of the Tour of Holland . At one of the events in which his son Erik started it began to rain and the drivers, including Breukink, took shelter under a bridge. Willem Breukink, otherwise known to be extremely calm, saw this when he drove past in an escort vehicle and angrily shouted to his son: "Een real Breukink rijdt ook door de regen." ("A real Breukink also drives through the rain.")


  • MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch champion - individual time trial
  • MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch champion - individual time trial

Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia 3 2 4th - - - - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France 21st 12 WD 3 WD 7th WD 29 20th 34 52
Golden jersey Vuelta a España - - - - - - 7th - - - -


  • 1985 Scale - Gazelle
  • 1986 Panasonic (from 1987 to 1989 Panasonic-Isostar )
  • 1990–1992 PDM videocassettes - Concorde
  • 1993-1995 ONCE
  • 1996-1997 Rabobank

Web links

Commons : Erik Breukink  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Maik Märtin: 50 years of Course de la Paix . Agency Construct, Leipzig 1998, p. 231 .
  2. Christoph Fisch: When strong men wept. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . May 24, 2013, accessed December 26, 2015 .
  3. a b Erik Breukink as spreker boeken bij - SportsSpeakers. In: July 12, 2010, accessed December 26, 2015 (Dutch).
  4. Willem Breukink, een van beacons rust in het keiharde peloton. In: Retrieved June 9, 2016 (Dutch).