What happened to Johnny Hoogerland?

A career defined by a collision with a TV car at the 2011 Tour de France, we tracked down the Dutch rider to find out how the next 10 years unfolded

Johnny Hoogerland (Photo by Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

(Image credit: Corbis via Getty Images)

Every cycling fan has an early, defining moment of their introduction to the sport. Most of these will involve the Tour de France, whether it's mystical tales of Merckx or Hinaut, Greg LeMond beating Lauren Fignon by eight seconds in 1989, the not-supposed-to-be-talked-about Lance years, or for newer British fans the dominance of Sky throughout the 2010s.

Others will have a more specific memory. Mine is stage nine of the 2011 Tour when Johnny Hoogerland and Juan Antonio Flecha were swept off the road by a French television car onto a barbed wire fence. The aftermath was bloody, a gruesome induction into what professional cycling entails. What's more, Hoogerland and Flecha got back on their bikes and finished the stage, the Dutchman climbing up to the podium to collect the polka dot jersey he had won back before the crash.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.