Michael Boogerd

Michael Boogerd
Personal information
Full name Michael Boogerd
Nickname Boogey
Born (1972-05-28) 28 May 1972
The Hague, the Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 62.5 kg (138 lb; 9.84 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1993-2007 WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages

Stage Races

Paris–Nice (1999)
1 individual stage
Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme (1998, 2001)

Single-Day Races and Classics

Dutch Road Race Championship
(1997, 1998, 2006)
Amstel Gold Race (1999)
Brabantse Pijl (2001, 2003)
Giro dell'Emilia (1999)
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli (1999)
Infobox last updated on
14 July 2011

Michael Boogerd (born 28 May 1972 in The Hague) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer and professional doping dealer. He was one of the leaders of a generation of Dutch cyclists in the late 1990s and early 2000s, together with teammate Erik Dekker.


Boogerd began his professional career in 1994, joining WordPerfect. In 1995 the team changed name to Novell, before Rabobank in 1996 became main sponsor and name for the team. Boogerd stayed with the team his entire career.

His nickname is the "Boogie-man". His speciality were hilly classics like Liège–Bastogne–Liège, La Flèche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold Race in the Ardennes week and the Lombardian races in the Fall, as well as mountain-stages. He has won two stages in Tour de France (1996, 2002) as well as the Amstel Gold Race and Paris–Nice. He has been Dutch Champion three times, in 1997, 1998 and in 2006. In addition to these major victories, Boogerd scored a large number of podium finishes in his favorite spring classics, which gave him a reputation in the Netherlands of being 2nd or 3rd more often than winning - a notion he dismissed in a 2007 interview looking back at his career.

In the 1998 Tour de France, Boogerd finished 5th overall in the General classification, his highest finish ever in the Tour. His main result in the 2005 Tour de France was on stage 15, where he finished 4th, 57 seconds behind stage winner, George Hincapie. Also in the Tour de France 2005, he was punished with twenty seconds at Stage 9 of the race. In the 2006 Tour de France, Boogerd's role was to support Rabobank team leader Denis Menchov in the Alps and Pyrenees. He rode exceptionally well helping his team captain to 6th overall and Michael Rasmussen to the Polka Dot jersey.

In the 2007 Tour de France Boogerd rode, again, very well. This time his teammate Michael Rasmussen was the leader of the race until the latter was fired after the last stage in the Pyrenees. On the Thursday before the start of this Tour, Boogerd infused himself with water in the early morning, before the UCI agents could arrive. His hematocrit level namely was 50, "on the edge of the edge".[1] During the Tour, Boogerd and Thomas Dekker used cortisone (Diprofos) under a fake attest every day, and administered eight times 2000 entities of Dynepo.[1]

Boogerd ended his career in 2007, with a 12th place in the World Championship road race in Stuttgart. His planned last race was the 2007 Giro di Lombardia, but a fall in the weeks before made him unable to participate.[2]

After his active career, Boogerd has done freelance promotional activities for Rabobank, and is frequently seen or heard on TV during live coverage of major races, both on Dutch and Belgian television.

Boogerd was appointed team manager of Team Roompot, a UCI Professional Continental cycling team launching in 2015.[3]


Michael Boogerd

Allegations that Boogerd used performance-enhancing drugs were made since at least 2008, when Bernhard Kohl, who had finished third in the 2008 Tour de France but was stripped of that honor after testing positive for CERA, a variant of EPO[4] accused his manager Stefan Matschiner. Matschiner, in turn, named a number of athletes whom he had supplied with drugs and blood transfusions, including Boogerd (whose name appeared in Matschiner's files[5]). Until early 2013, Boogerd continued to deny.[6] He finally admitted, in a television interview on 6 March 2013 (seen by nearly a million viewers[7]), to having used EPO, blood transfusions and cortisone from 1997 to 2007.[8][9] In October 2014, he was approached by the Belgian federation, allegedly to offer him to shorten his proposed ban in exchange for naming other dopers and he answered this: "The Belgian federation had the same proposal as the Dutch Doping Authority had. I will be suspended for a long period, or I will have to talk about other people. I refuse to do that. I rather be suspended for life".[10] In January 2016 he received a two-year suspension and his results from 2005 to 2007 were annulled.[11]

Career achievements

Major results

Grand Tour General classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - - - 17 - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - 31 16 5 56 WD 10 12 32 74 DIS DIS DIS
golden jersey Vuelta 42 - - 49 - - - - - - - WD -

WD = withdrew

See also


  1. 1 2 "Thomas Dekker book details doping at Rabobank". 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. Cyclingheroes.info: Boogerd has to stop cycling even before his planned fare well in the Giro di Lombardia 2007, retrieved January 15, 2008
  3. "Hoogerland becomes first rider to sign for Roompot Orange". cyclingnews.com. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  4. "Kohl a triché lui aussi". Lequipe.fr. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  5. "Naam Michael Boogerd duikt op in dopingstuk". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 6 November 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  6. "Dopingleverancier Matschiner: 'Boogerd moet ophouden met liegen'". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. "Bijna 1 miljoen kijkers voor Michael Boogerd". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  8. "Boogerd bekent: 'Cortisonen, epo en bloedtransfusies'". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 6 March 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  9. Jane Aubrey. "Boogerd Confesses To Doping In Television Interview". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  10. "News shorts: Yates and Julich to join Tinkoff-Saxo". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  11. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/boogerd-given-two-year-suspension-for-doping/
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maarten den Bakker
Léon van Bon
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Maarten den Bakker
Koos Moerenhout
Preceded by
Juan Carlos Domínguez
Laurent Jalabert
Winner of the Catalan Week
Succeeded by
Laurent Jalabert
Juan Miguel Mercado
Preceded by
Frank Vandenbroucke
Winner of Paris–Nice
Succeeded by
Andreas Klöden
Preceded by
Rolf Järmann
Winner of the Amstel Gold Race
Succeeded by
Erik Zabel
Preceded by
Johan Museeuw
Fabien De Waele
Winner of the Brabantse Pijl
Succeeded by
Fabien De Waele
Luca Paolini
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