celebrity cyclists

celebrity cyclists

Steven Rooks
We are proud to announce that former Dutch professional road racing cyclist Steven Rooks will join us as a team leader for the entire four days on the challenging route, and is part of the citizenMovement’s organisation team.
Steven’s professional career ran from 1982 to 1995, and during this time he gained a stellar reputation for his climbing ability.
Career highlights:
  • 1988 Tour de France – finished second overall. Finished first on L’Alpe d’Huez. Won the Présence Classification, and the famous polka dot jersey for the mountains classification.
  • 1989 Tour de France – finished seventh overall. Won Stage 15 (a 39km mountaintop time trial to Orcières-Merlette), and once again the Présence Classification (the final year of that award).
  • 1983 Liège–Bastogne–Liège – winner
  • 1986 Tour de Luxembourg – winner
  • 1986 Amstel Gold Race – winner
  • 1988 Züri-Metzgete – winner
  • 1991 World Cycling Championships – second
  • 1994 national championship – winner

Joop Zoetemelk

Joop Zoetermelk is a Dutch retired professional racing cyclist, whose career continued (incredibly) for over 20 years – from mid 1960s to late 1980s. During this time, he started and finished Tour de France a record-breaking 16 times (a record equalled so far by just one other cyclist in 2018).

Joop also holds the Tour de France distance record of 62,885 km. He was also the first rider ever to wear the famous Tour de France polka dot jersey for the mountains classification. Overall, he came 2nd in Tour de France six times, 4th three times, and also fifth and eighth.

Joop was still winning major races at the age of 38, namely the World Professional Road Championship. This makes him the oldest men’s individual road race world champion.

Joop will join the citizenMovement Paris to Rotterdam cycling event on the first day, for the journey from Paris to Sand.

Johan Museeuw

Johan Museeuw earned himself an enviable nickname The Lion of Flanders during his professional career which spanned from 1988 until 2014. His particular successes were in the cobbled classics of Flanders and Northern France. In the 1990s, he was considered one of the best classic races specialists.

His successes span the finest and toughest races around the world. He was a road world champion in 1996, has won two final classifications of the UCI Road World Cup, and two national road race championships. In 1996, he received Vélo d’Or, an annual award for a rider who performed best over the year. He won both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix three times, as well as two individual stages in the Tour de France.

Johan Museeuw will ride alongside our cyclists on the third day of the fundraising cycling event from Paris to Rotterdam.