Jean-Paul van Poppel

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Jean-Paul van Poppel (born September 30, 1962 in Tilburg ) is a former Dutch cyclist and current sports director .

Cycling career

Jean-Paul van Poppel was a professional racing driver from 1985 to 1995. During this time he achieved numerous stage victories in the great tours; he won nine stages in the Tour de France alone . In the 1988 Tour he won four stages, the highest number of stage wins in a tour that a Dutchman ever achieved. On the 1987 tour he won the green jersey . In 1987 he won the Ronde van Midden-Zeeland and in 1992 the Eight van Chaam .


After the end of his active career, van Poppel worked as a sporting director in women's cycling and he was the sporting director of the Cervelo Test Team until the end of 2010 . He received the Olympic Coach Award from the Nederlands Olympisch Comité .


Van Poppel is married to the racing driver Mirjam Melchers . His sons from his first marriage to the 1984 Olympian Leontien van der Lienden , Boy and Danny van Poppel , are also racing cyclists.

Individual evidence

  1. Olympic Coach Award at (Dutch) accessed on December 28, 2012

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