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Gerrie Knetemann
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Personal information
Full name Gerrie Knetemann
Nickname de Kneet
Date of birth March 6, 1951(1951-03-06)
Date of death November 2, 2004 (aged 53)
Country  Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
10 stages Tour de France
1978 World Championship
Amstel Gold Race (1974 and 1985)
Infobox last updated on:
July 1, 2008

Gerrie Knetemann (6 March 1951 in Amsterdam – 2 November 2004 in Bergen) was a Dutch road bicycle racer who won the 1978 World Championship.

A four-time winner of the Ronde van Nederland, he also rode the Tour de France 11 times between 1974 and 1987, winning 10 stages, a Dutch record equalled only by Jan Raas and Joop Zoetemelk. Knetemann won 127 races as a professional.

Knetemann maintained an Amsterdam accent and a sharp sense of humour that made him a favourite with reporters and earned him television and radio appearances. His best year in the Tour de France was 1978, when he led from the sixth stage. Although he lost the leader's yellow jersey two days later, he won the stage into Lausanne and then the final stage on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

His career dwindled after a crash in A Travers la Belgique in Belgium in March 1983. Recovery took months and, although he did again ride the Tour de France, there was nothing of the once sparkling star. Knetemann did win the Amstel Gold Race in 1985. He retired from racing and in 1991 and became Dutch team selector.

Knetemann died while riding his bike. He collapsed from a heart attack with friends in Bergen, Netherlands.

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Teams

Knetemann raced for several different sponsored teams in his career, one of the most famous was the Raleigh team, managed by Peter Post, with which he won the 1978 world road race championship.

Palmarès

1974
Amstel Gold Race
Kloosterzande
Valkenswaard
1975
Haaksbergen
Hengelo
Tour de France:
Winner stage 12
1976
Kortenhoef
Made
Ronde van Nederland
Steenwijk
Trofeo Zumaquero
Vuelta a Andalucia
Wilrijk
1977
Hoogerheide
Kortenhoef
Four Days of Dunkirk
Rund Um den Henninger Turm
Tour de France:
Winner stages 19 and 21
1978
Acht van Chaam
Brasschaat
Crystal Palace
Six Days of Ghent
Gouden Pijl Emmen
GP Pino Cerami
Linne
Six Days of Maastricht
Paris-Nice
Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
Roosendaal
Tour Méditerranéen
Arc en ciel.svg World road race champion
Tour de France:
Winner stages 18 and 22
Wearing yellow jersey for two stages
1979
Acht van Chaam
Boxmeer
dongen
Eastway
Egmond-aan-Zee
London
s Heerenhoek
Sint-Niklaas
Woerden
Tour de France:
Winner prologue and stage 22
Wearing yellow jersey for one stage
1980
Beek
Berkel
Boxmeer
Elsloo
Kamerik
Kloosterzande
Six Days of Maastricht
Tour of Belgium
Ronde van Gouda
Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
Rotterdam
Tour Méditerranéen
Twello
Tour de France:
Winner stage 12
Wearing yellow jersey for one stage
1981
Draai van de Kaai
Galder
Kortenhoef
Nokere Koerse
Obbicht
Point-à-Pitre
Ronde van Nederland
Schijndel
Venhuizen
Tour de France:
Wearing yellow jersey for four stages
1982
Birmingham
Den Bosch
Driedaagse van de Panne
Huijbergen
Mijl van Mares
Oud-Gastel
Rotterdam
Schijndel
Valkenburg
Tour de France:
Winner stages 4 and 12
1983
GP de Costières du Gard
Tour Méditerranéen
1984
GP Pino Cerami
Nieuwegein
Obbicht
1985
Amstel Gold Race
Hoevelaken
Linne
Tilburg
Woerden
1986
Eindhoven
Kamerik
Leiden
Six Days of Madrid
Oostvoorne
Ronde van Nederland
1987
Amsterdam
Anderlues
Heerhugowaard
Postgirot Open

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See also

Awards
Preceded by
Hennie Kuiper
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
Jan Raas
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