As you may have already read in our previous blog, there are two tour cafes at Cyklist. The next one is on 17 September at 19:30, with (former) cyclists Danny van Poppel, Pim Ligthart and Michel Cornelisse, and is free to visit! The previous tour café was on 10 September, with former cyclist Rudy Pevenage and writer John van Ierland as guests. Also present was former cyclist and former manager Jacques Hanegraaf (winner of Paris-Brussels, Amstel Gold Race and geletruidrager in the Tour de France 1984). They talked about Rudy's and Jacques' victories, their lives in the cycling world and Rudy's biography Der Rudy, written by John.
After his professional cycling career, he remained active in the cycling world. He has been a caretaker and team manager for Histor, La William, Bianchi and T-Mobile Team. His time with this last team ended in 2006, when Jan Ullrich was fired for doping. Rudy was his personal caregiver and coach at the time. After all these extraordinary experiences, John van Ierland (together with Rudy) decided to write the life story of Rudy Pevenage.
DER RUDY - BIOGRAPHY OF RUDY PEVENAGE
In this biography Rudy's experiences in the world of cycling are discussed. This means stories about the 1980 Tour de France, but also about the raids of doping doctors on riders' hotels during the big cycling races. The book also discusses how Rudy dealt with Jan Ullrich's doping use, and that Rudy even made a double-walled cola can to hide the doping. Nevertheless, his biography also reveals how he himself dealt with doping and the offering of money to win races during his pro career. So, just as his cycling life began in yellow, it ended in blood red. A very interesting story, with a look at what goes on behind the scenes in the world of cycling. We bought Der Rudy (€20) to read it in one breath. We can really recommend you to do the same!