Wout Poels

  • Date of Birth 1st October, 1987.
  • Place of Birth Venray
  • Nationality Netherlands Netherlands
  • Specialty climber, gc rider
  • UCI Ranking 91
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Your favourite race and climb?

My favourite race is Waalse Pijl and Angliru in Spain is my favourite climb.

Your best or most memorable result in pro cycling?

Liege-Bastogne-Liege and my victory there in 2016.

Reflecting on the 2020 Tour, mentally how tough was it racing through the pain? What kept you going?

The first 1,5 week was really a struggle with the pain. In such a weird year no one was sure which races we could do more. I also wanted to be a help for the team in the last week.

After a difficult season, how did you feel about your performance at La Vuelta?

La Vuelta was a really good result for me. The reason I came to Bahrain Victorious was to get my own opportunities in grand tours. Hopefully more will follow!

Who is your closest friend in the Pro Peloton? Any good stories to share?

I made a lot of friends last year in the team. It’s difficult to pick one, and I also don’t want to make any of them jealous to put ahead of someone 🙂

If you didn’t make it as a cyclist, what do you think you would be doing today?

Since I was 13 years old, I knew a wanted to become a professional bike rider. Maybe it was naive to think that at the age of 13, but hey here I am. I do have a Marketing Communication diploma so maybe I could help the marketing team ☺

What are your thoughts on the Merida Reacto you will be racing this season?

It is a fantastic bike! I used it at Tour de France and La Vuelta on the flat days. It is really a fast bike and I feel very comfortable on it. Maybe I should give it a try in a bunch sprint next year 🙂

Top Results in Last Five Seasons
  • 2.

    Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana - Stage 4 8th February, 2020,

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    Critérium du Dauphiné - Stage 7 15th June, 2019,

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    Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta - Stage 2 21st February, 2019,

  • 2.

    Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 6 20th January, 2019,

  • 2.

    Santos Tour Down Under - Mountains classification 20th January, 2019,

  • 2.

    Vuelta a España - Stage 20 9th September, 2017,

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    Tour de Pologne - Stage 7 4th August, 2017,

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    Tour de Pologne - Points classification 4th August, 2017,

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    Tour de Pologne - Stage 6 3rd August, 2017,

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    Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol - Stage 1 15th February, 2017,



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