Wout Wagtmans

Wout Wagtmans

Wout Wagtmans in 1967
Personal information
Full name Wouter Wagtmans
Nickname Olijke Woutje
Born (1929-11-10)November 10, 1929
Rucphen, the Netherlands
Died August 15, 1994(1994-08-15) (aged 64)
Sint Willebrord, the Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1950–1953 Garin
1954–1959 Vredestein
1960 Molteni
1961 Vredestein
Major wins
Tour de France: 4 stages, Giro d'Italia: 3 stages
Infobox last updated on
April 29, 2007

Wouter (Wout) Wagtmans (November 10, 1929 – August 15, 1994) was a Dutch road bicycle racer.

Together with Wim van Est he belonged to the generation that brought great popularity to cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s. In 1947, Wagtmans started as amateur, and two years later he became Dutch champion. In 1950 he was forced to be a professional cyclist, because he was said to take money after a victory. In his first day as a professional cyclist, he entered the Dutch professional championship, and only Gerrit Schulte could keep ahead of him.

After that, he had a glorious career. He entered the Tour de France eight times, and wore the yellow jersey in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He won four stages: in 1953 in Gap he beat Gino Bartali in the final sprint, and ended fifth in the overall standings. Two years later he was the third Dutch winner in Bordeaux. He also won three stages in the Giro d'Italia and several one-day courses. He was also successful as a track rider and, together with Wim van Est, in couple courses.

Wout Wagtmans was a very popular cyclist, both because of his combativity and his enthousiasm. He received many nicknames, Olijke Woutje, Dik Trom, Zoeloe, de Clown and het Kemphaantje. He ended his cycling career in 1961, and in 1967 he was the leader of the Dutch Tour de France team, centered on Jan Janssen. After that he took over his father's transport company. In the end of the 1980s, he had a serious accident after which he was declared physically disabled. Wagtmans died in 1994, at the age of 64.

Wout Wagtmans was the uncle of another successful cyclist, Rini Wagtmans.

Major results

 Netherlands amateur road race champion
Acht van Chaam
Ronde van Noord-Holland
Acht van Chaam
Tour de Romandie
Ronde van Haspengouw
Tour de France:
Winner stages 17 and 21
5th place overall classification
3rd place overall
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 13 and 19
Tour de France:
Winner stage 1
Wearing yellow jersey for seven days
Giro d'Italia:
9th place overall classification
Tour de France:
Winner stage 19
Wearing yellow jersey for two days
Tour de France:
Wearing yellow jersey for three days
Roma – Napoli – Roma
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 6
9th place overall classification
Tour des Quatre-Cantons
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