Gert Steegmans Profile

Gert Steegmans Profile

 

Gert Steegmans

Gert Steegmans

Gert Steegmans

(born September 30, 1980 in Hasselt) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who is currently a free agent. He has a strong finishing sprint and can compete in the sprint with fellow Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen.

Although Steegmans was already known in Belgium, he gained more popularity outside Belgium as he piloted Robbie McEwen to two stage wins during the 2006 Tour de France.

During the second stage of the 2007 Tour de France, a Liquigas rider fell sideways in the last 3 kilometres causing others to fall. Around 20 riders fell blocking the entire road and leaving approximately 30 riders to sprint for the victory, eventually taken by Steegmans in his home country ahead of his compatriot and team-mate Tom Boonen, who took over the green jersey by coming second in the stage.

On July 6, 2008, it was announced Steegmans signed a two-year contract with Tinkoff Credit Systems. In the Tour de France, he won the prestigious stage at Champs-Élysées. Team Tinkoff later folded under that name, and the management and ridership re-emerged as Team Katusha.

Gert Steegmans made headlines in the weeks leading up to the 2009 Tour de France with his refusal to sign an anti-doping agreement which Team Katusha was trying to get all its riders to sign. The agreement called for any rider who tested positive for a doping substance to pay a fine of five times their annual salary. Steegmans persisted in his refusal even after an ultimatum handed down by the team, which resulted in his not being selected for Katusha’s Tour de France squad. Katusha and Steegmans dissolved his contract on 5 August after Steegmans’ continuing refusal to sign the anti-doping charter. Team RadioShack announced that he would be joining the team in 2010.

(Source wikipedia.org)