The Televizier cycling team of Kees Pellenaars
The Televizier cycling team was set up by Kees Pellenaars in 1964, and it turned out to be a very professional and successful Dutch cycling team. Televizier was a team with a soft G, because most cyclists were from Brabant. Cyclists who rode for Televizier included Jo de Roo, Piet Van Est, Huub Zilverberg, Henk Nijdam, Dick Groeneweg, Jo De Haan, Jos Van Der Vleuten, Piet van Est, Kees Haast, Bas Maliepaard, Gerben Karstens, Leo van Dongen, Jos van der Vleuten, Evert Dolman and Jan Harings. In the period 1964-1967 the Televizier team achieved no less than 124 victories, 58 of them in 1966 including 9 stage wins in the Spanish Vuelta.
Team leader Kees Pellenaars was also a very successful cyclist himself. In 1934, he became the first Dutchman to win the World Championship on the road. He also became Dutch Champion in 1936. After he crashed into an American army truck during the Tour of Germany in 1950, he stopped being an active cyclist. A year later, he became the new team leader of the Dutch team in the Tour de France. He did not always go down well with the KNWU and therefore started working with commercial teams. He created the Televizier team and put Dutch cycling back on the map. The team did not do the sponsor Televizier any harm, by the way. The circulation increased to 600,000 copies and was then bought by broadcaster AVRO.
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