Jan Raas

Jan Raas

Raas in 1978
Personal information
Full name Jan Raas
Born (1952-11-08) 8 November 1952
Heinkenszand, Netherlands
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1975–1976 TI-Raleigh
1977 Frisol-Thirion-Gazelle
1978–1983 TI-Raleigh-Mc Gregor
1984–1985 Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
10 individual stages (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984)

Stage races

Étoile de Bessèges (1981)
Ronde van Nederland (1979)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championship (1976, 1983, 1984)
Milan–San Remo (1977)
Amstel Gold Race (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982)
Paris–Brussels (1978)
Paris–Tours (1978, 1981)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (1979, 1980, 1981)
Tour of Flanders (1979, 1983)
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (1980, 1983)
Omloop Het Volk (1981)
Gent–Wevelgem (1981)
Paris–Roubaix (1982)

Jan Raas (born 8 November 1952) is a Dutch former professional cyclist whose 115 wins include the 1979 World Road Race Championship in Valkenburg, he also won the Tour of Flanders in 1979 and 1983, Paris–Roubaix in 1982 and Milan–San Remo in 1977. He won ten stages in the Tour de France. In six starts, Raas won the Amstel Gold Race five times.[1]

Raas was a tactician and clever sprinter. He struggled on the long steep climbs but excelled on the short climbs characteristic of the northern classics.


Born in Heinkenszand, near Goes in Zeeland, Raas was the son of a farmer and one of 10 children. He showed no interest in cycling until leaving school at 16 when he acquired his first racing bike and started competing as a junior category, taking his first victory in Damme in Belgium on the 21 July 1969. Further success as an amateur, including stage wins in the Olympia Tour and the national championship, prompted Peter Post, the manager of TI-Raleigh, to offer Raas a contract for 1975

The 22-year-old had a good first season with two small victories and fourth in the Tour of Belgium. The following year (1976) saw him become national champion, but at the end of that year Raas parted company with TI-Raleigh, looking for more freedom to race.[2]

Raas wearing the yellow jersey at the 1978 Tour de France

In 1977 he rode for Frisol. Victories in Milan–San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race made Post rethink and Raas was back with TI-Raleigh for 1978. Raas became the influence behind the success of the team in the late seventies and early eighties. He was joint leader with Gerrie Knetemann, heading members such as Joop Zoetemelk, Ludo Peeters, Cees Priem and Henk Lubberding.

Raas’ highlights for the rest of his career included his 1979 world championship on home soil in Valkenburg, where he outsprinted German "Didi" Thurau in front of 200,000 spectators (even with the help from team-mates that push him during the climb, grabbing service vehicle, and the fall of Giovanni Battaglin caused by Thurau and Raas himself on the last 200m). He had four more victories in the Amstel Gold Race to give a record of five. Raas regarded the Amstel Gold as his favourite race: “The Gold Race was made for me, I had no ability as a climber, but the short and hard Limburg hills were made for me”, he said. He won Paris–Roubaix at his seventh attempt in 1982 thanks to work by his team, especially Peeters.

Raas crashed in the 1984 Milan–San Remo, injuring his back and internal organs and was never the same, although he took a stage in the 1984 Tour de France. He found the training and recovery hard and retired on 28 May 1985 after a criterium at Hansweert the preceding day.

Raas’ know-how made for a natural move into team management and he became sporting director of Kwantum team. Raas found sponsors when old ones pulled out and the team received backing from SuperConfex, Buckler, WordPerfect, Novell and finally Rabobank.

Raas and his wife Anja suffered an armed raid on their house in March 1994[3] and Raas decided he could no longer spend long periods away from home. He changed from sporting director to manager when Rabobank became the main sponsor in 1995. He spent eight years in this capacity until the end of 2003, the sponsor indicating that insoluble differences prompted Raas' departure.[4]

Career achievements

Major results


1st Stage 5 Olympia's Tour
1st Ronde van Midden-Nederland
Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 7a
1st Stage 8 Olympia's Tour
2nd Ronde van Drenthe
1st Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
5th Paris - Tours
6th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
6th Tour of Flanders
8th Omloop Het Volk
1st National Road Race Championship
1st Stage 4 Tour of Belgium
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Tour du Haut Var
4th Brabantse Pijl
7th Paris–Roubaix
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Stage 6 Tour de France
4th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 1
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Tour of Flanders
5th Brabantse Pijl
6th Paris–Roubaix
7th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
8th Paris - Tours
10th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Stage 2 Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk
Tour de France
1st Prologue
1st Stage 1a
1st Stage 21
1st Paris – Brussels
1st Paris - Tours
2nd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Road race, Road World Championships
1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Prologue
1st Stage 2
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 1b Tour of Belgium
Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue
1st Stage 5a
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Paris - Tours
5th Paris–Roubaix
Tour de France
1st Stage 1a
1st Stage 1b (TTT)
1st Stage 7b
1st Stage 9
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Stage 3 Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 1b Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 Tour of Belgium
Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue (with Gerrie Knetemann)
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 3b
1st Stage 3 Étoile de Bessèges
Tour de Luxembourg
1st Prologue
1st Stage 1
1st Stage GP de Cannes
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (track) (with René Pijnen)
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
6th Gent–Wevelgem]
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Prologue
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 3b Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Tour of Flanders
5th Amstel Gold Race
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Prologue
1st Prologue Étoile de Bessèges
Tour de France
1st Stage 6
1st Stage 9a (TTT)
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
6th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st National Road Race Championship
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
1st Stage 1a Three Days of De Panne
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Amstel Gold Race
1st National Road Race Championship
1st Stage 9 Tour de France

Monuments results timeline


Monument 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Milan–San Remo 1 105 12 3 14 3 93
Tour of Flanders 6 11 3 22 1 3 3 13 1
Paris–Roubaix 40 7 6 3 5 1
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 13
Giro di Lombardia

DNF = Did not finish
— = Did not compete


See also


  1. John Wilcockson (2010-04-16) Amstel Gold Race preview: Horner and Hesjedal are North America’s best chance. Velonews.competitor.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
  2. Boyce, Barry (2006). "Top 20 All Time Major Classics: Milan–San Remo 1977: Youthful Dutchman Wins a Monument". Cycling revealed. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  3. "Jan Raas" by Noel Truyers, ISBN 90-74128-45-9, Pages 39 and 40
  4. Anthony Tan (2003-12-10) "I just want to kick ass!". Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
  5. 1 2 "Jan Raas (Netherlands)". The-Sports.org. Québec, Canada: Info Média Conseil. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  6. "Jan Raas". Cycling Archives. de Wielersite. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hennie Kuiper
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Fedor den Hertog
Preceded by
Johan van der Velde
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Jacques Hanegraaf
Preceded by
Gerrie Knetemann
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Joop Zoetemelk
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