Jurgen Van den Broeck

Jurgen Van den Broeck

Van den Broeck at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Personal information
Full name Jurgen Van den Broeck
Nickname VDBke, JVDB, VDB2
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983
Herentals, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Team Katusha
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-Rounder
Amateur team(s)
Professional team(s)
2004–2006 U.S. Postal Service
2007–2015 Predictor–Lotto
2016- Team Katusha
Major wins
Critérium du Dauphiné 1 Stage
National Time Trial Championships (2015)
Infobox last updated on
2 March 2015

Jurgen Van den Broeck (born 1 February 1983) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who rides for the UCI WorldTeam Team Katusha. He specializes in the time trial, having been Junior World Champion against the clock in 2001. The promise he first displayed in minor stage races like the Tour de Romandie and Eneco Tour was later validated and confirmed by top-10 finishes in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

Cycling career

Early career

Born in Herentals, Van den Broeck won the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2001 and made his pro debut in 2003 as a stagiaire for the Quick Step-Davitamon-Latexco team.

US Postal/Discovery: 2004–2006

Rather than remaining in Belgium, however, Van den Broeck signed with the American U.S. Postal Service of Lance Armstrong for his first full season as a professional in 2004. His only result of note that year was 6th-place overall in the Tour of Belgium.

Van den Broeck remained with Johan Bruyneel's team in 2005 when Discovery Channel took over the title sponsorship, and he continued with the Americans in 2006 after Armstrong retired. During that period he finished on the podium in stages of the Deutschland Tour and the Tour of Belgium (where he also won the KOM classification), and he rode to a top-20 finish overall in the Tour de Romandie. In June, however, Van den Broeck announced his intention to return to Belgium when he agreed to a two-year contract with the then-Davitamon squad, which would be re-branded in 2007 as Predictor–Lotto. The following month Van den Broeck scored his first win as a professional, taking the Schriek, Derny in Belgium ahead of Erwin Vervecken and future cyclocross world champion Niels Albert.[2] (Previous winners included Nick Nuyens, Dave Bruylandts, Jo Planckaert and Sven Nys).[3]

Lotto: 2007–present

At the age of 24, Van den Broeck managed to finish in the top-10 on GC at the 2007 Eneco Tour with his new team, though he also won the bronze medal in the Belgian National Time Trial Championships.[4] After completing his first Grand Tour in an anonymous 74th place at the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Van den Broeck finally showed that he had talent as a stage racer when he returned to Italy the following year and came seventh overall in the 2008 Giro d'Italia. Merely months later, both Riccardo Riccò and Emanuele Sella – respectively finishing 2nd and 6th in the 2008 Giro d'Italia – were sanctioned for doping.

Van den Broeck at the 2009 Eneco Tour

Showing excellent form in the 2009 Tour de France, Van den Broeck climbed with the leaders through the Alps. And although he had crashed heavily on the 4th stage (a team time trial), and lost more than seven minutes, his consistency resulted in 15th place in the GC ranking (which was later improved to 14th after the disqualification of 11th placed Mikel Astarloza for testing positive for EPO) and 9th place in the competition for the polka dot jersey. As the performances came at the end of Cadel Evans tenure at Silence-Lotto, the Belgian outfit decided that van den Broeck was capable and reliable enough to become their GC leader.

The following season he rode to an important and somewhat surprising 4th place (5th place before Contador's disqualification) in the 2010 Tour de France, becoming the first Belgian to finish in the top 5 since Claude Criquielion in 1986. After the Tour Van den Broeck won two criteriums: one in Peer and the other in his hometown of Herentals.

In the 2011 Tour de France, after an encouraging first week and while aiming for a GC podium spot, Van den Broeck had to abandon the race along with another GC-hopeful, Alexander Vinokourov, after a massive and spectacularly grim downhill crash which left him with a pneumothorax, broken ribs and a fractured shoulder.[5] Not to be deterred, however, Van den Broeck recovered from his injuries in time to compete in the 2011 Vuelta a España, where he finished 8th in GC.

In 2012, Van den Broeck finished 3rd in the Volta a Catalunya and has finished 5th in the Criterium du Dauphiné, showing good form for the upcoming Tour de France. On Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France, a mountain top finish at Plateau de Beille, Van den Broeck lost 1 minute 54 seconds to stage winner Chris Froome after getting a flat just before the final climb. However Van den Broeck then showed his good form in the mountains to move him up to finishing 4th overall.

In 2013, Van den Broeck abandoned in the Tour de France after he crashed in stage 5.

In 2015, he finished twelfth at the Giro d'Italia. In June, he won the National Time Trial Championships for the first time in his career.[6] In September Team Katusha announced that Van Den Broeck would join them for 2016, after nine seasons with Lotto.[7]

Career achievements

Major results

1st World Junior Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour of Limburg
1st Zellik–Galmaarden
2nd GP Istria 1
2nd GP Krka
5th Overall Redlands Classic
6th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Eneco Tour
1st Mountains Classification Tour of Belgium
8th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd National Time Trial Championships
6th Overall Post Danmark Rundt
10th Overall Eneco Tour
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Natourcriterium Herentals
4th Overall Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Overall Tour de France
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1
8th Overall Vuelta a España
3rd Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tour de France
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
10th La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
5th Overall Tour de San Luis
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st National Time Trial Championships[6]
8th Overall Tour of California

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 74 7 12
Yellow jersey Tour 15 3 WD 4 WD 13 WD
golden jersey Vuelta 8 WD WD WD

WD = Withdrew IP = In Progress


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