As an amateur Winnenberg took second place at the Peace Race in 1980, the same year took part in the Olympic Games in Moscow and took place in the road race 26 After that he became a professional.
The mountain specialist won twice (1981 and 1983 ) the queen stage of the Tour de France at Alpe d' Huez. In 1982, he won the mountain stage to Morzine. During his Tour debut in 1981 Winnenberg finished fifth overall and also won the white jersey for the best young rider. Two years later he became a tour - third behind Laurent Fignon and Angel Arroyo. 1983 Winnenberg finished second in the Tour de Suisse. He succeeded in 1987 only a second in the overall standings behind winner Andrew Hampsten. In 1988, he managed a ninth place in the Giro d' Italia as well as in the Tour de France. 1990 Winnenberg was Dutch road champion and third in the race Around the Henninger Tower.
The red-haired Winnenberg sailed under team manager Walter Godefroot the team Capri Sun and was constantly confused because of its great similarity with Rudy Pevenage.
Journalist and author
1991 Winnenberg retired from professional cycling and studied art history. Together with the two former professional cyclist Maarten Ducrot and Steven Rooks admitted Winnenberg 1999 many years of doping during his professional time.
With his autobiography, " Van Santander Santander naar " Winnenberg presented in 2000 before an unsparing look at the world of cycling. The book was published in spring 2005 under the title "post from Alpe d' Huez " in Bielefeld Covadonga Verlag in German. The same publisher Winnens appeared in 2008 collected columns, essays and short stories out of work for several Dutch newspapers and magazines under the title " Good legs, legs bad ".
Winnenberg writes as a sports columnist for the respected NRC Handelsblad and provided further books that have not yet been translated into German.
- Van Santander naar Santander. , 2000. (Eng. mail from Alpe d' Huez. Covadonga Bielefeld Verlag 2005, ISBN 3-936973-14-8 )
- Valse start. 2002, collected columns in the NRC Handelsblad.
- Stoempwerk s other verhalen. 2004, collected columns in the NRC Handelsblad and De Muur.
- Het snot voor ogen. , 2005.
- Good legs, bad legs. Covadonga Verlag Bielefeld 2008, ISBN 978-3-936973-35-8.