Eric Vanderaerden

Eric Vanderaerden ( born February 11, 1962 in Herk- de -Stad ) is a former Belgian cyclist.

Vanderaerden was a specialist in the individual time trial and classic one-day races, where he benefited from his strengths in a mass sprint. He began his professional career in 1983 and ended in 1996 with a total of 138 race victories.


After Vanderaerden was able to achieve some respectable successes in amateur and junior level already, as the victory at the Tour of Flanders for drivers under the age of 23 in 1981 and the military world champion in the road race in 1982, he moved to the start of the 1983 season the professional camp.

There he won in his first year as a pro, both winning the prologue of the Tour de France as well as two stages at the Vuelta a España. He was also able to beat the course of the Tour de France 1985, eventual winner Bernard Hinault in a 32 -kilometer individual time trial. Overall, he was able to record between 1983 and 1985 in the Tour de France in his career five stage wins. In addition, he drove during the Tour de France in 1983 and 1985 a total of five days in the yellow jersey of the overall leader. In 1986, he was able to sprint, which is awarded the green jersey, decide for themselves, even though he managed not a single stage victory.

In the course of his career, Vanderaerden focused on the one-day classics. In 1985, he recorded victories in the Tour of Flanders and Gent- Wevelgem. Two years later he entered his name in the list of winners of Paris -Roubaix.

Other notable successes are five overall victories in the three days of De Panne, of which between 1986 and 1989 four in a row, and two victories in the GP Eddy Merckx and cross through Flanders.

After the end of playing career in 2005 Vanderaerden Athletic Director at the small team Yawadoo - Colba - ABM, where his brother Gert and his son Michael are under contract. In August 2006, with the start of the Tour of Britain, he took over the post as Athletic Director at the British Continental Team DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed.

His nicknames were "Het verdriet van België " and " De La Terra ".


Vanderaerdens father Lucien was as professional cyclists as well as his younger brothers Danny and Gert. His son Michael Vanderaerden who was born in 1987, has now also begun a career as a cyclist.


  • Sprint Rhineland- Palatinate Tour
  • U23 Tour of Flanders
  • Military World Champion in the road race
  • Prologue Tour de France
  • 2nd and 11th stage of the Vuelta a España
  • Prologue and Stage 2 Midi Libre
  • Prologue and Part 7 stage Paris-Nice
  • Sprint Classification Tour de France
  • Three Days of De Panne stage 1 part
  • E3 Prize Flanders
  • Across Flanders
  • Stage 2 and Stage Part 5 Mediterranean tour
  • Paris -Roubaix
  • Three Days of De Panne 1 part stage, 2nd and 3rd stage
  • GP Eddy Merckx
  • Stage 4 Mediterranean tour
  • 5th stage Tour of Denmark
  • Three Days of De Panne 1 part stage and second stage
  • Stage 5 Tirreno- Adriatico
  • Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk
  • Three Days of De Panne 2x 1 part stage and second stage
  • 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th stage Tour de Trump
  • Stage 5 Ruta del Sol
  • Stage 4 Tour of Holland
  • Stage 4 Settimana Siciliana
  • Ireland Tour 2nd, 3rd and 4th stage and 5th stage part
  • 2nd and 6th stage Tour of Burgos
  • Stage 1 Tour de Suisse
  • Stage 4 Tour of Holland
  • Part 1 Section Three Days of De Panne
  • 2nd and 3rd stage of Etoile de Bessèges
  • Stage 5 Tirreno- Adriatico
  • Stage 6 Tour de la Communauté Européenne
  • Across Flanders
  • Three Days of De Panne
  • Stage 3 Etoile de Bessèges
  • Sweden Tour