Jean-Paul van Poppel

Jean-Paul van Poppel
Personal information
Full name Jean-Paul van Poppel
Nickname Popeye
Born (1962-09-30) 30 September 1962
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Team information
Current team Roompot–Oranje Peloton
Discipline Road
Role Sports director
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1985 Skala
1986 Skala-Skil
1987-1988 Superconfex-Yoko
1989 Panasonic-Isostar
1990 Panasonic-Sportlife
1991-1992 PDM-Concorde
1993-1994 Festina-Lotus
1995 Le Groupement/Individual sponsor
Managerial team(s)
2000 Dutch national woman team
2001 Acca Due O
2003 American national women's team
2004 Farm Frites - Hartol
2005-2006 Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
2007-2008 Team Flexpoint
2009-2010 Cervélo TestTeam
2011-2014 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
2015-Present Roompot - Orange
Major wins
Tour de France: Maillot vert 1987, 9 stages overall
Vuelta a España: 9 stages overall
Giro d'Italia: 4 stages overall
Infobox last updated on
29 April 2016

Jean-Paul van Poppel (born 30 September 1962 in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch racing cyclist, who was nicknamed Popeye.

Van Poppel was one of the most successful Dutch road sprinters. He won stages in mass sprints in all three Grand Tours, sometimes from positions that appeared lost. In the Tour de France he won 9 stages altogether. In 1988 he won 4 stages, the highest won number by a Dutch cyclist in one tour.[1] He also competed in the individual road race event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2]

Van Poppel won the points classification in the 1987 Tour de France. After he ended his career in 1995, he became a directeur sportif in women's cycling. With his first wife, cyclist Leontine van der Lienden, Jean-Paul van Poppel has two sons, Boy van Poppel who races for Trek-Segafredo and Danny van Poppel who races for Team Sky, and a daughter Kim.[3] Van der Lienden and Van Poppel have since divorced. Van Poppel remarried in 2004 with one of his team members, cyclist Mirjam Melchers.

From 2009-2010 he was one of the Sports Directors at the Cervélo Test Team based in Switzerland.[4] From 2011, he has served as a Sports Director for the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team until 2014. From 2015, van Poppel serves as a Sports Director for the Dutch ProContinental Team Roompot–Oranje Peloton, together with Erik Breukink and Michael Boogerd.

Major results


7th stage Danmark Rundt
5th stage Tour de l'Avenir
3rd stage part A Tour of Belgium
Giro d'Italia: stages 2 and 13
4th stage Tirreno–Adriatico
Tour de France: stages 8 and 17
winner points classification
Tour of Sweden: stages 5, 6a and 7
Tour de France: stages 3, 10, 17 and 22.
Giro d'Italia: stages 1 and 15
Tour de France: stage 7
Vuelta a España: stages 6, 9, 13 and 21
5th stage Paris–Nice
Tour de France: stage 10
Vuelta a España: stages 3 and 5
Vuelta a España: stages 4 and 8
Tour de France: stage 2
Vuelta a España: stage 9
Étoile de Bessèges

See also


  1. Nederlandse helden: Jean-Paul van Poppel (Dutch)
  2. "Jean-Paul van Poppel Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. Rob Lampard (13 September 2012). "De Maar wins alone in Stoke". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  4. Van Poppel signs with Cervelo
  5. Jean-Paul van Poppel profile at Cycling Archives
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