Monique Knol

Monique Knol ( born March 31, 1964 in Wolvega ) is a former Dutch cyclist and trainer.

Cycling career

1986 Monique Knol made ​​her breakthrough when she became Dutch champion in the sprint, the following year, again in second. In 1988 she won the national title on the road and then focused on street racing. In Texas Tour in the same year she was third in the overall standings.

Surprisingly Monique Knol won at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in the road race in the women; this race was considered the same as a world championship. It was made possible this victory also because the favorite Jeannie Longo had directed the focus on trying to keep its U.S. rival Inga Benedict 's victory, and had made through their tactics the way for the Dutch free. Four years later, at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, ​​won bronze Knol.

In 1990, Monique Knol together with Leontien Zijlaard -van Moorsel, Astrid Schop and Cora Westland the world title in Japanese Utsunomiya in the 50 - km - team driving, in the following year she was with the Dutch team at the UCI Road World Championships 1991 in Stuttgart Vice World Champion.

Monique Knol triumphed at the Tour Cycliste Feminin twelve Etpappen four times and won the Swedish road race Tygrikescupen. In 1991 she won Around the Henninger Tower. In 1996, she retired from cycling in 2002 was followed by a brief comeback.


Knol was a long time coach of the Dutch women's junior cycling teams. Today, the trained teacher operated in dressage.