Steven Rooks

Steven Rooks
Personal information
Full name Steven Rooks
Born (1960-08-07) 7 August 1960
Oterleek, the Netherlands
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Mountains Classification (1988)
Combination classification (1988, 1989)
2 individual stages

Stage Races

Tour de Luxembourg (1986)

Single-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1991, 1994)
Amstel Gold Race (1986)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1983)
Züri-Metzgete (1988)
Infobox last updated on
July 14, 2011

Steven Rooks (born 7 August 1960 in Oterleek, North Holland) is a former Dutch professional road racing cyclist known for his climbing ability. His professional career ran from 19821995.


In the 1988 Tour de France, Rooks finished second and won a finish on L’Alpe d’Huez. He won the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification and the Présence Classification (or combination classification).[1] In the 1989 Tour, Rooks won Stage 15, a 39 km mountain top time trial to Orcières-Merlette; he finished seventh that year and again won the Présence Classification, the final year of that award.[2]

Other victories include the 1983 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, the 1986 Tour de Luxembourg and Amstel Gold Race, a stage at the 1987 Tour de Suisse, the 1988 Züri-Metzgete, and 1994 national championship. He finished second at the 1991 World Cycling Championships behind Italy's Gianni Bugno and ahead of Spain's Miguel Indurain.

Doping confession

On the Dutch TV-show Reporter, Rooks admitted with Maarten Ducrot and Peter Winnen to doping. Rooks said he used testosterone and amphetamines during his 13-year career.[3] In 2009, he admitted using EPO after 1989.[4]

Career achievements

Major results


1st Kamerik (Critérium)
1st Zuiderzee Derny Tour
1st Heemskerk (Critérium)
1st Heerhugowaard (Critérium)
1st Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Elsloo (Critérium)
1st Kloosterzande (Critérium)
1st Valkenswaard (Critérium)
9th Overall Tour de France
1st National Track Derny Championship
1st Eindhoven (Critérium)
1st Schijndel (Critérium)
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Acht van Chaam (Critérium)
1st Draai van de Kaai (Critérium)
1st Nittedal-Oslo (Critérium)
1st Apeldoorn (Critérium)
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Mountains classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stage 12
1st Mijl van Mares (Critérium)
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Combination classification
1st Stage 15
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Profronde van Oostvoorne (Critérium)
1st Valkenswaard (Critérium)
2nd UCI World Road Race Championships
9th Vuelta a España
10th Vuelta a España
1st National Road Race Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
gold jersey Vuelta - - WD - - - - - 9 10 - - -
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - WD - 75 - - WD - WD
Yellow jersey Tour WD - 25 9 WD 2 7 33 26 17 WD WD -

WD = Withdrew


See also


  1. "75ème Tour de France 1988" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. "76ème Tour de France 1989" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  4. Steven Rooks profile at Cycling Archives
  5. Sportman van het jaar
  6. Steven Rooks Classic
Preceded by
Ruud Gullit
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Leo Visser
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Winnen
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Tristan Hoffman
Preceded by
Erik Breukink
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Servais Knaven
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