Eric Vanderaerden

Eric Vanderaerden

Vanderaerden at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Eric Vanderaerden
Born (1962-02-11) 11 February 1962
Lummen, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Points Classification (1986)
5 individual stages (1983, 1984, 1985)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (1983, 1992)

Stage races

Three Days of De Panne (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1984)
Tour of Flanders (1985)
Paris–Roubaix (1987)
Gent–Wevelgem (1985)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (1986)

Eric Vanderaerden (born 11 February 1962) is a retired road cyclist from the town of Lummen, Belgium.

He was a considerable talent, winning the prologue time trial of both the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France in his professional debut year 1983. In subsequent years, he won two monument races: in 1985, at 23, he won the storm ridden edition of the Tour of Flanders, and in 1987 he won Paris–Roubaix. In the Tour de France, his participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the later winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage. The following year, he won the green jersey.

After 1988, his career went in decline and, despite his talent, he failed to win major races. He certainly had considerable talent as a time trial racer, but as a climber in the mountains his talent was limited. Perhaps, he was partly a victim of the high expectations the Belgian public had to get a successor for Eddy Merckx, a cyclist who was very versatile in winning both classic races and big stage races.

After his active career, Vanderaerden has led a few semi-professional racing teams and was also assistant-manager of a professional Belgo-Italian team. He became a directeur sportif with the DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed team in August 2006.[1] His son Michael Vanderaerden signed a contract with the team in September 2007.[2]

Major results

Tour de France
1st Prologue
Held for two days
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 11
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st National Road Race Championships
Tour de France
1st Stages 10 & 23
Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue, Stages 2 & 7
1st Paris–Brussels
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Milan–San Remo
9th Omloop Het Volk
10th Tour of Flanders
10th Nokere Koerse
Tour de France
1st Stages 13 (ITT) & 19
Held for three days
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
4th Milan–San Remo
4th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Points classification Tour de France
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Trofeo Isla de Mallorca
3rd Scheldeprijs
10th Tour of Flanders
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
2nd Milan–San Remo
3rd Tour of Flanders
5th Omloop Het Volk
8th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Ronde van Limburg
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Overall Tour of Ireland
1st GP Impanis
1st Stage 1 Tour de Suisse
4th Gent–Wevelgem
5th Omloop Het Volk
Etoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 2 & 3
1st Stage 5 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Six Days of Antwerp
2nd Scheldeprijs
3rd Binche–Tournai–Binche
8th Omloop Het Volk
9th Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Le Samyn
3rd Milan–San Remo
4th Gent–Wevelgem
5th Amstel Gold Race
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España
1st GP Wielerrevue
2nd Le Samyn
3rd Omloop Het Volk
3rd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 3 Etoile de Bessèges
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Omloop Het Volk
8th Le Samyn
4th Scheldeprijs
6th Paris–Roubaix
3rd Scheldeprijs


  1. "From Roubaix to Wolverhampton - Eric's back at the races". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  2. "DFL-Cyclingnews wants more Belgians". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
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