Cees Priem

Cornelis Johannes " Cees " Priem ( born October 27, 1950 in Ovezande ) is a former Dutch cyclist and former sports director.

Success as a racer

Even as an amateur, 1967-1973, Cees Priem was successful in numerous smaller races in the Netherlands. In 1970 he won the eight- van Chaam, 1971, the Olympia's Tour. In 1972 he took part in the Olympic Games in Munich and was twelfth in the road race.

Even as a professional get him many successes in smaller races and stage wins, the big breakthrough failed to materialize. In 1975 he became Dutch champion in the road race. In 1980 he won the Coppa Agostoni and 1983, the Three Days of De Panne. In 1984 he tried his hand upright on the track and was third in the national championship. He drove et al for the TI- Raleigh team together with Joop Zoetemelk and Dietrich Thurau. Five times he competed in the Tour de France, was a stage twice (1975, 1980) to win the Tour but never went on to the end.

Sports Director - doping affair

After the end of his active career as a racing driver was Cees Priem 1987-1998 sports director of the team TVM - Farm Frites. As part of the doping scandal at the 1998 Tour de France he was arrested by the French courts and sentenced as the main responsible for the doping of TVM to 18 months' imprisonment and 80,000 Swiss francs fine. In the car, the team that had tried to settle in Switzerland, various doping agents were found.

Only three months earlier Priem had the racer Scott Sunderland approached from his own team in the Amstel Gold Race accidentally with his escort vehicle. Sunderland complained that Priem had apologized only superficially with him; Sports director had to pay substantial damages to the driver.