Leontien van Moorsel

This is a Dutch name; the family name is van Moorsel, not Moorsel.
Leontien van Moorsel

Van Moorsel in 1991
Personal information
Full name Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Born (1970-03-22) 22 March 1970
Boekel, Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road & track
Role Rider
Infobox last updated on
September 7, 2008

Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel (born 22 March 1970) is a Dutch retired racing cyclist. She rode at three Olympic Games.[1]


Leontien van Moorsel in 2004

Van Moorsel started her career in 1977. She won major races both on the track, and on the road. In the first half of the 1990s, she won the Tour Féminin twice, after fierce competition with Jeannie Longo.

Van Moorsel dropped out of cycling in 1994 with anorexia nervosa[2] but recovered to compete at the World Championships in 1998, winning the time trial and coming second in the road race.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, van Moorsel won gold medals on the road (road race and time trial), and on the track (3 km pursuit). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she fell in the penultimate lap of the road race,[3] but successfully defended her time trial title.

Her four gold medals tie her (with four others) for the most ever by a Dutch athlete at the Olympics.[4]

She set a new world hour record for women of 46.065 km, in 2003 in Mexico City,[5] which was not improved upon for almost 12 years, when UCI rule changes prompted a new succession of attempts.

Van Moorsel retired from professional cycling after the 2004 Olympics.

Major results

Grote Prijs van Boekel
Grote Prijs van Breskens
National Champion Road Race Rheden Gelderland
World champion 3km pursuit Maybassa Japan
World champion 50km team time trial with Asrid Schop Monique Knol , Cora Westland
World champion road race Stuttgart Germany
Tour Feminin Paris France
World champion road race Oslo Norway
Tour Feminin Alpe d'Huez
World champion time trial Valkenburg Netherlands
World champion time trial Treviso Italy
Olympic champion road race Sydney Austtalië
Olympic champion time trial
Olympic champion 3km pursuit new world record 3.30,816
Olympic silver medallist points race
World champion 3km pursuit Antwerpen
World champion 3km pursuit Kopenhagen
Winner Ster van de Zeeuwse Eilanden (3 stages and overall winner)
World champion 3km pursuit Stuttgart
World hour record: 46.065 km
Winner Omloop van Borselse
10* National Champion Road Race Rotterdam
Ronde van Gelderland
Olympic champion time trial
Olympic bronze medallist 3km pursuit

Personal life

Van Moorsel married former track cyclist Michael Zijlaard in October 1995.[6] They have a daughter.

See also



Preceded by
Elly van Hulst
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Ingrid Haringa
Preceded by
Ellen van Langen
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Anky van Grunsven
Preceded by
Marianne Timmer
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1999, 2000
Succeeded by
Inge de Bruijn
Preceded by
Verona van de Leur
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
2003, 2004
Succeeded by
Edith van Dijk
Preceded by
Francis Hoenselaar
Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Sissy van Alebeek
Preceded by
Sissy van Alebeek
Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Elisabeth Willebroordse
Preceded by
Jeannie Longo
UCI women's hour record (46.065 km)
1 October 2003 – 12 September 2015
Succeeded by
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling
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