Jan Raas

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Jan Raas, 1979 world champion

Jan Raas (born November 8, 1952 in Heinkenszand , now part of Borsele , Netherlands ) is a former Dutch cyclist . He was one of the great sprint stars of the 1970s in road cycling .


Raas began his professional career in 1975 with the famous TI Raleigh team and ended it in 1985 after 115 wins. His greatest success was winning the road cycling world championship in Valkenburg , where he won a sprint against the German professional Dietrich Thurau in 1979 in front of 200,000 spectators .

In 1984 Jan Raas had a serious fall at the spring classic Milan – Sanremo and suffered considerable injuries to his back and internal organs. A few months later he managed to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France , but he was never able to reach his usual level again. Raas therefore ended his career on May 28, 1985.

After his active career, Jan Raas became the sporting director of the Kwantum team , which he eventually formed into the successful Rabobank team after a few sponsor changes . In 2003 he left Rabobank as sporting director.

In Zeeland , the 101 km long Jan Raas route is named after him and leads from Vlissingen to Borssele .

Greatest successes

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Individual evidence

  1. Jan Raas wielerroute (101 km) - Zeeland Routes. In: VVV Zeeland. Retrieved February 7, 2016 .