Cycling - Joop Zoetemelk - 1980 - Jersey

Cycling - Joop Zoetemelk - 1980 - Jersey
New/as new - framed, Hand signed in person, Limited edition, with COA

The replica yellow jersey from the Tour de France from 1980 is personally signed by Joop Zoetemelk.

It comes with its own official certificate of authenticity, which states when and where this product was signed and - if available - shows a photo of the signing session.

This shirt was signed by Joop himself

Joop" Zoetemelk is a retired professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands.

He started and finished the Tour de France 16 times, which were both records when he retired. He also holds the distance record in Tour de France history with 62,885 km ridden. He won the 1979 Vuelta a España, the 1980 Tour de France and also finished 8th, 5th, 4th (three times) and 2nd (six times).

He was the first rider to wear the Tour de France's Polka Dot Jersey as the King of the Mountains.

He also won the World Professional Road Championship in 1985 at the age of 38, with a late attack surprising the favorites of LeMond, Roche, Argentin and Millar. He completed a total of 16 World Championships which is notable considering more than half the field abandons nearly every World Championship and in addition to his win he has come in the top 10 seven other times.

As of 2019, he is the oldest men's individual road race world champion.

His record number of starts in the Tour de France was surpassed when George Hincapie started for the 17th time, but Hincapie was disqualified from three tours in October 2012, for doping offenses, giving the number of starts record back to Zoetemelk.

Nobody other than Zoetemelk achieved sixteen Tour de France finishes until Sylvain Chavanel did so in the 2018 Tour de France.
Currently, three riders have had more than 16 starts in the Tour de France, but no one has yet exceeded the record of finishing the event 16 times.

He retired from the sport to run a hotel at Meaux, France.

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Sports/ Event
Joop Zoetemelk
New/as new
framed, Hand signed in person, Limited edition, with COA
86×65×2 cm
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