Six things you didn’t know about Johnny Hoogerland


Next time, Johnny will take more care shaving his legs

Dutch rider, Johnny Hoogerland, has become a hero to cyclists everywhere after riding through the pain barrier following his horrendous crash on stage nine of this year’s Tour de France. He won more fans for his remarkable calm at the finish and lack of anger towards the car driver who caused the incident. Here are five things you didn’t know about Hoogerland.

1. While growing up as a small boy in Holland, Hoogerland once saved his entire village by putting his finger in a dyke.

2. After the stage to Lourdes, Hoogerland took the healing water and his wounds have miraculously healed.

3. Ridley, the bike supplier to Hoogerland’s Vacansoleil team, will launch a special edition Ridley Noah to commemorate Johnny’s bravery, complete with barbed wire graphics. Just 33 will be made, one for each of Hoogerland’s stitches.

4. Hoogerland has annouced a personal sponsorship deal with Savlon.

5. In the off season, Johnny Hoogerland runs anger-management courses with the Dalai Lama.

6. None of the above is true, but Hoogerland has already forgiven me.


One Response to “Six things you didn’t know about Johnny Hoogerland”

  1. 1 davy jones

    I just wanted to say that the way you handled the crash was my high point of the tour. Such forgiveness, what class. AND how much better for you health than anger. Nice one, Davy Jones a yank ex pat living in Scotland and a keen bicycle rider and tour watcher.

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