|Full name Leontien van Moorsel|
Children Indy Zijlaard
|Name Leontien Moorsel|
Discipline Road & track
|Born 22 March 1970 (age 53) Boekel, Netherlands (1970-03-22) |
Spouse Michael Zijlaard (m. 1995)
Parents Harry van Moorsel, Martha van Moorsel
Olympic medals Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's road time trial
Nominations Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year
Similar People Michael Zijlaard, Jeannie Longo, Marianne Vos, Leontine Ruiters, Joop Zijlaard
Leontien van moorsel
Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel (born 22 March 1970) is a Dutch retired racing cyclist. She was a dominant cyclist in the 1990s and early 2000s, winning four gold medals at the Olympic Games and holding the hour record for women from 2003 until 2015.
Leontien van moorsel praat over werkstress
Van Moorsel started her career in 1977. She won major races both on the track, and on the road. In the first half of the 1990s, she won the Tour Féminin twice, after fierce competition with Jeannie Longo.
Van Moorsel dropped out of cycling in 1994 with anorexia nervosa but recovered to compete at the World Championships in 1998, winning the time trial and coming second in the road race.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, van Moorsel won gold medals on the road (road race and time trial), and on the track (3 km pursuit). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she fell in the penultimate lap of the road race and was stretchered of and taken to the hospital by ambulance, but nevertheless successfully defended her time trial title two days later.
Her four gold medals tie her with Ireen Wüst, Inge de Bruijn, Charles Pahud de Mortanges and Fanny Blankers-Koen for the most ever by a Dutch athlete at the Olympics.
She set a new world hour record for women of 46.065 km, in 2003 in Mexico City, which was not improved upon for almost 12 years, when UCI rule changes prompted a new succession of attempts.
Van Moorsel retired from professional cycling after the 2004 Olympics.
In September 2017, Van Moorsel was accused by sports physician Peter Janssen of using EPO in 2000 and 2001.
Van Moorsel married former track cyclist Michael Zijlaard in October 1995. They have a daughter.