Danny van Poppel

Danny van Poppel, born on July 26, 1993, is a Dutch professional cyclist with UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe and is considered as one of the best current lead-out riders. He comes from a family deeply rooted in cycling, being the son of former cyclists Jean-Paul van Poppel and Leontine van der Lienden, and shares his professional cycling journey with his brother Boy van Poppel and cousin Bram Welten.

Van Poppel's notable career highlight came early when he participated in the 2013 Tour de France at just 19, making him the youngest participant in the race since World War II. During the opening stage, he impressively finished third and donned the white jersey as the young rider classification leader on the subsequent day. He transitioned to Trek Factory Racing in 2014 following the dissolution of his previous team, Vacansoleil–DCM. His tenure with the team was marked by a significant victory in Stage 12 of the 2015 Vuelta a España, before moving to Team Sky in 2016. He also competed in the 2018 Giro d'Italia, showcasing his enduring competitiveness in Grand Tours.

The 2021 season was fruitful for Van Poppel, with victories at the Egmont Cycling Race and Binche–Chimay–Binche, alongside a points classification win at the Benelux Tour. He consistently achieved podium finishes and top-ten placements throughout the season. In 2022, he maintained his strong form, securing second places at Scheldeprijs and Rund um Köln, and a third at Ronde van Limburg, among other notable results. His 2023 season saw him winning Rund um Köln and a stage at the Tour of Britain, with additional significant results including a second place at the Hamburg Cyclassics and a third place overall at the Deutschland Tour.

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