Bert Oosterbosch

Bert Oosterbosch
Personal information
Full name Bert Oosterbosch
Born (1957-07-30)July 30, 1957
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Died August 18, 1989(1989-08-18) (aged 32)
Lekkerkerk, the Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Time triallist
Professional team(s)
1979–1981 TI-Raleigh
1982 DAF Trucks
1983 TI-Raleigh
1984–1986 Panasonic
1987 Panasonic-Isostar
1988 TVM-Van Schilt
Major wins
World Champion professional individual pursuit
6 Tour de France stages
Ronde van Nederland
Infobox last updated on
April 8, 2008

Bert Oosterbosch (born Eindhoven, July 30, 1957, died Lekkerkerk, August 18, 1989) was a Dutch racing cyclist. Oosterbosch was a successful track and road racer.

Early career

In 1978 he won the World amateur team time trial championship (with Jan van Houwelingen, Bart van Est and Guus Bierings). A year later, he turned professional for the TI-Raleigh team of Peter Post. That year he won the World Professional individual pursuit title beating Francesco Moser in the final. He was also three times Dutch pursuit champion.

Road success

As a professional Oosterbosch was especially successful in time trials; he won 14 stage race prologues, including three in the Tour de France. He won three other stages of the Tour: his victory in Bordeaux in 1983 was the one hundredth Dutch stage win in the Tour.

Oosterbosch also won stages in the Vuelta a España and the Tour de Suisse. In 1982 he won the Ronde van Nederland.

Poor health

Oosterbosch suffered poor health on occasions, twice contracting meningitis. In 1988 he was hit by severe knee trouble and had to end his professional career. He returned as an amateur and on August 13, 1989 he won a race. Five days later he died, aged thirty-two years old, after an acute cardiac arrest. He was buried at the Roman Catholic Cemetery Our Lady of Lourdes in Eindhoven. His tombstone depicts cycle racing.

Bert Oosterbosch was married to Marian Bik. The couple had two daughters: Nathalie and Joyce.

Allegations of doping

It has been suggested that Oosterbosch's early death was caused by EPO use,[1] but this is disputed.[2]

Willy Voet, the disgraced former soigneur, talks about Oosterbosch riding the 1982 Grand Prix des Nations. Oosterbosch came in 18th at more than two and a half minutes behind the winner Bernard Hinault, even though he was expected to do well. Voet said "Oosterbosch was flat from the start due to the Synacthen he had taken. The drugs initially blocked his ability to work hard. An hour after the injection it started working as planned and his tempo increased."[3] In fact, Oosterbosch came third in the 1982 event. Voet may be referring to the 1979 or 1984 runnings which Hinault also won.[4]

Major results

Bert Oosterbosch in 1979
World Professional pursuit champion
Tour of Luxembourg
1 stage, Tour de France
Four Days of Dunkirk
Ronde van Nederland
1 stage, Tour de Suisse
Tour of the Americas
Étoile de Bessèges
2 stages, Tour de France
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Driedaagse van De Panne
1 stage, Tour de Suisse
1 stage, Vuelta a España

See also


  1. Simon Hart (28 June 2003). "Tour de France: Cycle of cynicism keeps rolling on" . Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-11-18.
  2. Peter G. J. M. Janssen (2001). Lactate Threshold Training: Running, Cycling, Multisport, Rowing, X-Country Skiing. Human Kinetics. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-0-7360-3755-6. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  3. Willy Voet goes for the jugular in his book. (20 May 1999). Retrieved on 2012-11-18.
  4. Palmares of the Grand Prix des Nations at Archived February 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. (15 August 2009). Retrieved on 2012-11-18.

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