Erik Breukink

Erik Breukink

Breukink at the 2007 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Erik Breukink
Born (1964-04-01) 1 April 1964
Rheden, the Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
Team manager
Rider type All-round
Professional team(s)
1985 Skala-Gazelle
1986–1989 Panasonic
1990–1992 PDM
1993–1995 ONCE
1996–1997 Rabobank
Managerial team(s)
2004–2012 Rabobank
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Young Rider Classification (1988)
4 individual stages
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage

Stage Races

Critérium International (1988, 1993)
Tour of the Basque Country (1988)
Ronde van Nederland (1993)

Single-Day Races and Classics

Dutch Road Race Championship
Dutch Time Trial Championship
(1995, 1997)
Giro del Piemonte (1992)
Infobox last updated on
3 January 2013

Erik Breukink (born 1 April 1964) is a former professional road racing cyclist. In 1988, Breukink won the youth competition in the Tour de France. In 1990, Breukink reached the podium in Paris, finishing 3rd in the 1990 Tour de France. Most recently, he served as the manager of the Rabobank team.[1]


Amateur cycling years

Born in Rheden, Breukink was born in a cycling family, as his father Willem Breukink was director of the Gazelle bicycle factory. Despite this, he chose to be a footballer. In 1980 he changed to pursue a cycling career.[2] In 1982, this appeared to be a good choice, when he won the Dutch national pursuit championship for juniors. At the 1984 Olympic Games, Erik Breukink competed with Gert Jakobs, Maarten Ducrot and Jos Albertsin the 100 km Team Pursuit and finish fourth place.[3] In 1985, Breukink won 2 time trial stages in Olympia's Tour, and finished 3rd place overall. He decided to switch to a professional career.

Professional cycling years

Breukink made his debut as a pro in 1986 for the Skala-Gazelle team. He turned out to be a time trial specialist and was a good climber. In his Tour de France debut in 1987, he won one stage and finished second in the youth competition. His real breakthrough in the major courses was the 1988 Giro d'Italia, where he debuted with a 2nd place, winning the Gavia Pass stage in a snowstorm. In the 1988 Tour de France he won the youth competition and finished 13th place. In the 1989 Tour de France, he showed his time trial skills by winning the prologue, and wearing the yellow jersey for one day. In that year's Giro d'Italia, he almost won, but lost the lead in the Dolomites due to hunger. In 1990, Breukink wanted to focus on the Tour de France, so he switched to the PDM team, that allowed him to do so. In the 1990 Tour de France, the result was good, winning two stages and finishing 3rd overall. The result could even have been better, but Breukink suffered from some bad luck: in the climb to the Tourmalet Breukink had to switch bicycles three times. In 1991, Breukink together with the entire PDM-team had to leave the tour ranked 3rd, officially due to food poisoning, but it was later exposed that it was due to Intralipid[4][5] In 1992, he appeared weak, especially in his favourite time trials. In 1993, Breukink switched to the ONCE team, where his performance improved again. Bad luck followed him however, as just before the start of the 1993 Tour de France, he was hit by a car. The damage to his left knee caused him to give up during the Tour. Breukink rode the Tour de France four times afterwards, but never reached his old level. In 1997 he ended his professional cycling career, having ridden 11 Tours de France and won 4 stages. He garnered 61 career victories in total.

Sports commentator

After one year as a Public Relations officer for the Rabobank-team, Breukink started as co-commentator for the NOS, covering the Tour de France. In 2002 and 2003, the GP Erik Breukink,[6] a UCI level 2.3 course,[7] was run, with Erik Dekker and Fabian Cancellara as winners,[8] but it was discontinued in 2004 due to financial problems.[9]

Team manager

On 13 January 2004, it was announced that Erik Breukink started as a team manager for the Rabobank team.[10] Thanks to his ONCE-years, Erik Breukink speaks Spanish fluently, which is helpful to communicate with the Spanish cyclists in the Rabobank team and cyclist Denis Menchov, who also speaks Spanish better than English.[11] Since Breukink became team manager, the Rabobank cycling team's successes have included Paris–Tours, Milan–San Remo, the Brabantse Pijl (3x), the Tirreno–Adriatico (2x), the Tour de Romandie, the final classification and three stages in the Vuelta a España, 6 stages in the Tour de France and the polka dot jersey (2x) in the Tour de France. On, 20 July 2006, Breukink received the "médaille de la fidélité" from the Tour de France organisation, because he had been present in the Tour de France for 20 years. (11 times as rider, 1 time as PR-officer, 5 times as sports commentator and 3 times as team manager).[12]

Career achievements

Major results

1st National Track Pursuit Champion (Junior)
3rd Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 7a
1st Prologue Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 7a Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 4b Tour de Liège
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 13 Tour de France
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1a
1st Youth Classification Tour de France
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 14
1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco
1st Stage 5a
1st Stage 5b
1st Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 3
1st Omloop van het Waasland
1st Prologue Tour de France
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3b Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 6b Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 12
1st Stage 20
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 7a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 2a
1st Stage 1b Vuelta a Asturias
1st Grand Prix de la Libération (TTT)
1st Overall Tour Du Pont
1st Prologue
1st Stage 11
1st Stage 8 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st Stage 7 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 8 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Dutch National Road Race Championship
1st Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 3b
1st Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad Valenciana
1st Dutch Time Trial Championship
1st Druivenkoers Overijse
1st Dutch Time Trial Championship

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Tour de France 2112WD 3WD 7WD29203452
Giro d'Italia 3 2 4
Vuelta a España 7

See also


Preceded by
Leo Visser
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Edwin Jongejans
Arnold Vanderlyde
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tristan Hoffman
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Steven Rooks
Preceded by
Mario Gutte
Dutch National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Erik Dekker
Preceded by
Erik Dekker
Dutch National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Patrick Jonker
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