|Current team Retired|
Name Mirjam Melchers
|Rider type Allround|
Height 1.75 m
Weight 59 kg
|Full name Maria Wilhelmina Johanna Melchers-Van Poppel|
Born September 26, 1975 (age 40) Arnhem, the Netherlands (1975-09-26)
2001–2001 Acca Due O-Lorena Camicie
Mirjam melchers bereidt zich voor op olympische spelen
Maria Wilhelmina Johanna "Mirjam" Melchers-Van Poppel (born September 26, 1975 in Arnhem, Gelderland) is a female former racing cyclist from the Netherlands, married to former sprinter Jean-Paul van Poppel. She was one of the leading cyclists in the world, having held the UCI number one ranking as well as winning highly rated races. She was a one-day specialist but has managed smaller stage races.
In 2003, she won the GP Feminas Castilla y Leon round of the World Cup and finished third overall in the series behind Nicole Cooke and German sprinter Regina Schleicher. Melchers also finished first in the Damesronde van Drenthe and the Emakumeen Bira, before bringing her season to a close with a silver medal at the world championship road race in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
On September 7, 2006 Melchers crashed during the third stage of the Euregio Tour. She broke her pelvis, a hip and her jaw.