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Twenty facts about birthday boy Robert Gesink

Twenty facts about birthday boy Robert Gesink

Hurray! Robert Gesink turned thirty-five today. To celebrate his birthday, we have collected some facts about Robert.

Did you know that Robert…?

  • … has been a professional cyclist since 2007?
  • … was a teammate of Grischa Niermann and Jan Boven, his current sports directors, in that year?
  • … will be at the start of the Tour de France for the tenth time this summer?
  • … was at the start of a grand tour eighteen times in total?
  • … won a race in his debut year as a professional cyclist?
  • … recently extended his contract with Team Jumbo-Visma until 2023?
  • … his nickname is ‘De Condor van Varsseveld’?
  • … won the final classification of a stage race twice? The Tour of Oman in 2011 and Tour of California in 2012.
  • … was at the start of the Flèche Wallonne the most times in his career? Eleven times!
  • … won a stage in the Vuelta a España in 2016?
  • … raced 25,272 kilometres in the Tour de France? That is the same distance as from Amsterdam to Tokyo and back!
  • … won the Giro d’Emilia in both 2009 and 2010?
  • … has ridden the most races with Paul Martens?
  • … has raced in nineteen different countries?
  • … was part of the team that guided Primoz Roglic to the overall victory in the Vuelta in both 2019 and 2020?
  • … was at the start of a monument seventeen times? Eight times in Il Lombardia and nine times in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
  • … became Dutch U19 champion time trial in 2004?
  • … finished in the top ten in the general classification of a grand tour five times?
  • … has a total of thirteen professional victories?
  • … is very active on social media? Check out his best photos on his Instagram account and his training rides on Strava!

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