Cycling News Flash for November 3, 2004
Edited by Jeff Jones
Knetemann dead at 53
Gerrie Knetemann, RIP
Photo ©: Dick Soepenberg
Dutch cycling legend Gerrie Knetemann has died, aged 53, on Tuesday afternoon,
November 2. The ex-World Champion and national coach of the Dutch road
team was riding his mountain bike with three friends in Bergen when he
stopped to fix his chain, which had fallen off. While he was fixing it,
his heart stopped. The exact cause of his death is unknown.
Nicknamed 'De Kneet', Knetemann's professional career began in 1973,
and during it he won the World Championships, Amstel Gold Race (twice),
10 stages in the Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Tour of the Netherlands (4
times) and Tour Méditerranéen (3 times). He retired in 1989.
Dutch federation (KNWU) president Joop Atsma commented about Knetemann
that, "He was a unique sportsman and a model for everybody."
For Michael Boogerd, on holidays in the Canary Islands, it was a big
shock. "Much too young, and then knowing he left a wife and three younger
children," said Boogerd.
Steven de Jongh said, "I'm proud that Gerrie was my coach. He was as
classic rider, a big role model."
Erik Breukink's reaction: "Knetemann was an open book. He could make
one complete Dutch team. And that's a great performance."
World road championship (1978)
Amstel Gold Race (1974, 1985)
10 stages in Tour de France (1975-1982)
7 team time trials in the Tour de France (1978-1981)
8 days in the yellow jersey (1979-1981)
Tour of the Netherlands (1976, 1980, 1981, 1986)
Tour of the Mediterranean (1978, 1980, 1983)
Tour of Belgium (1980)
Four Days of Dunkirk (1977)
Three Days of de Panne (1982)
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