Steven Rooks

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Steven Rooks
Steven Rooks Giro 2010.jpg
Rooks in 2010
Personal information
Full nameSteven Rooks
Born (1960-08-07) 7 August 1960 (age 60)
Oterleek, the Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
1982 TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1983AGU Sport
1983 Sem–France Loire–Reydel–Mavic
1984–1985 Panasonic–Raleigh
1986–1989 PDM–Concorde
1990 Panasonic–Sportlife
1991–1992 Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1993 Festina–Lotus
1994–1995 TVM–Bison Kit
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (1988)
Combination classification (1988, 1989)
2 individual stages (1988, 1989)

Stage Races

Tour de Luxembourg (1986)

Single-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1991, 1994)
Amstel Gold Race (1986)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1983)
Züri-Metzgete (1988)
Medal record
Men's road bicycle racing
Representing the Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1991 Stuttgart Elite Men's Road Race

Steven Rooks (born 7 August 1960 in Oterleek, North Holland) is a former Dutch professional road racing cyclist known for his climbing ability. His professional career ran from 19821995.



In the 1988 Tour de France, Rooks finished second and won a finish on L’Alpe d’Huez. He won the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification and the Présence Classification (or combination classification). [1] In the 1989 Tour, Rooks won Stage 15, a 39 km mountain top time trial to Orcières-Merlette; he finished seventh that year and again won the Présence Classification, the final year of that award. [2]

Other victories include the 1983 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, the 1986 Tour de Luxembourg and Amstel Gold Race, a stage at the 1987 Tour de Suisse, the 1988 Züri-Metzgete, and 1994 national championship. He finished second at the 1991 World Cycling Championships behind Italy's Gianni Bugno and ahead of Spain's Miguel Indurain.

Doping confession

On the Dutch TV-show Reporter, Rooks admitted with Maarten Ducrot and Peter Winnen to doping. Rooks said he used testosterone and amphetamines during his 13-year career. [3] In 2009, he admitted using EPO after 1989. [4]

Career achievements

Major results

Source: [5]

1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Zuiderzee Derny Tour
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
9th Overall Tour de France
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Derny, National Track Championships
1st Züri-Metzgete
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey combined.svg Combination classification
1st Stage 12
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey combined.svg Combination classification
1st Stage 15
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
9th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Kamerik
1st Heemskerk
1st Heerhugowaard
1st Elsloo
1st Kloosterzande
1st Valkenswaard
1st Eindhoven
1st Schijndel
1st Acht van Chaam
1st Draai van de Kaai
1st Nittedal-Oslo
1st Apeldoorn
1st Mijl van Mares
1st Profronde van Oostvoorne
1st Valkenswaard

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995
Jersey yellow.svg Vuelta a España DNF 9 10
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia DNF 75 DNF DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 25 9 DNF 2 7 33 26 17 DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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  1. "75ème Tour de France 1988" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. "76ème Tour de France 1989" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  4. "Rooks admits to EPO use".
  5. Steven Rooks at Cycling Archives
  6. Sportman van het jaar
  7. Steven Rooks Classic Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
Preceded by
Ruud Gullit
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Leo Visser
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Winnen
Erik Breukink
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Tristan Hoffman
Servais Knaven