Through the years delivered Netherlands beautiful cycling performance. But usually in the shadow of the larger cycle countries like Belgium, Italy, France and Spain. However, a decade dominated Dutch cycling. The late 70s and early 80s, the Dutch won everything there was to win. Joop Zoetemelk, Hennie Kuiper, Jan Raas, Gerrie Knetemann, Gerben Karstens and Johan van der Velde was very successful in Raleigh under the leadership of Peter Post.
As a cyclist Peter Post was quite successful on the road and won on the road a lot. But after his active career he began in 1974 to sponsor a cycling team Raleigh. The next decade, the team would come to dominate the international cycling. But in the first year was very conspicuous successes of the Anglo-Dutch team, mostly on the job. In the second season came two potential topwegrenners team: the German Dietrich Thurau and the Dutchman in January Raas, as Peter Post was not satisfied with a supporting role. But the real battle made the team in 1976. In the early years pushed the sponsor to contract with the British rider and distribute. In 1976, no more marks there and got the team back a quality injection by Gerrie Knetemann, Gerben Karstens and Hennie Kuiper. The latter took to write the first real big win for Raleigh plow through the Tour de Suisse to his name.
Furthermore debuted?? Squad Mail?? the Tour de France and went immediately to speak. Cooper won the fourth stage, Karstens won in Bordeaux and the final stage in Paris. In addition, they took the victory in the team time trial.This trick was the specialty of the team. But it was not just hunky dory in the team. January Raas wanted a more protective role in one-day races, but the Post could not / would not give it to him. Persistent Raas left. Additional irritated several riders to ?? leader ?? Thurau who would perform some work, many would believe their own interests and still could not win the big races. Despite all Thurau was the favorite coach Post and also the first Raleigh rider who wore the yellow jersey.
The departure of Thurau, repatriation by Jan Raas and newcomers Cees Priem and Johan van der Velde was Raleigh team is among the best in the world. Further approaches Post was increasingly professional. Team Talks, tactical driving, as a team and not prices as mavericks. In addition, the fruit fell by as there was success; Knetemann World Cup in 1978 and 1979 Raas’s highlights. This is also referred to as the two navigators. The men head???? was obsessed with the squad, plus an exceptionally good course understanding.
1980 Tour de France
But the big dream of Post, to win the Tour de France, he had not yet succeeded. Sure departure Hennie Kuiper end of 1978 were not around Raleigh riders with sufficient quality. Cooper departure was partly due to the fact that the man from Twente could not always properly handle the harsh attitude of the team. To win the Tour ever incurred the best Dutch rider 1980: Joop Zoetemelk. It would be an outstanding success.
The composition of the Tour team in 1980 were: Zoetemelk, Knetemann, Lubberding, Oosterbosch, Priem, Pronk, Raas Van der Velde, Van Vliet, Wellens. The team dominated the Tour de France, as no team ever done. As many as eight steps, plus twice won the team time trial. The teams ranking points achieved, took talent Johan van der Velde the white jersey and Joop Zoetemelk became the second Dutch Tour winner after Jan Janssen in 1968.
End of the Team
1981 was a big disappointment, especially the Tour de France, where Joop Zoetemelk finished fourth. Only in January Raas booked with Paris-Tours valuable results. End report Zoetemelk provided more or less the same reasons as Kuiper. Johan van der Velde was put forward as a leader, but he just could not, despite his third place in Paris. There was also criticism of the approach Post, but the team remained largely fulfilled. Although 1982 was not a good year for the team.
In 1983, finally came to a head. January Raas was his last year as a cyclist, and has already lived for a time at GE odds with his coach. Raas wanted to start his own law as the leader and had some teammates approached to join him. Some undertook others wanted to stay at the Post. But Raleigh had also announced to stop sponsoring. At the end of 1983 completed the success story. Post went ahead with a new sponsor and team. Raas started his own law. Unfortunately, the unprecedented successes in Raleigh team never returned.
- 1980 Tour de France
- Flanders: 1979, 1983
- 1982 Paris-Roubaix
- Paris-Tours: 1978, 1981
- Amstel Gold Race: 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982
- VM: 1978, 1979
- Paris-Nice 1978
- Tour de Romandie 1978
- Tour of Switzerland 1976
- Winner of the World Cup: 1979, 1982, 1983
- 905 victories including 56 tour stage
- January Raas: 130 wins
- Gerrie Knetemann: 108 wins
- Johan van der Velde: 53 wins
- Dietrich Thurau: 52 segrar
- Henk Lubberding: 47 segrar
- Bert Oosterbosch: 38 wins
- Leo van Vliet: 37 wins
- Cees Priem: 29 wins
- Joop Zoetemelk 29 segrar
- René Pains: 28 wins
- Ludo Peeters: 25 wins
- Roy Schuiten: 21 wins
- Gerben Karstens: 17 wins
- Hennie Kuiper: 14 wins
- Jacques Hanegraaff: 12 wins
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