Jan Raas - 1985 - Kwantum Hallen-Decosol-Yoko
Authentic vintage Dutch national jersey from 1985 worn by Jan Raas who won the National Road Championship in 1984.
The team Kwantum was founded in 1984, when the mighty TI Raleigh team split after star rider Jan Raas and team leader Peter Post fell out.
This was his last jersey before he retired early on 28 May 1985 at the age of 33 after a terrible crash during Milan-San Remo in 1984 injuring his back and internal organs for which he never fully recovered from. Yet, he still managed to win a final stage in the 1984 Tour de France and the National Road Race Championship. Raas decided to close the curtains on his illustrious career the following season, the day after finishing the 1985 Hansweert criterium.
Raas’ know-how made for a natural move into team management and he became director of the Kwantum squad, later finding new sponsors to create the SuperConfex, Buckler, WordPerfect, Novell and finally Rabobank teams. Raas fully retired from the sport in 2003.
Jan Raas, Sportman of the year 1979 in Holland who was born on November 8, 1952 is widely regarded as skilled tactician and clever sprinter when it came to the One-Day Classics and flat stages in the Tour de France, the Dutch rider rode professionally from 1975 to 1985. He won no fewer than 115 races during his career, the most memorable being the 1979 World Road Race Championship in Valkenburg, the 1979 and 1983 Tour of Flanders Classic, the 1982 Paris-Roubaix Classic, the 1977 Milan–San Remo Classic, the 1976, 1983 and 1984 National Road Race Championship and five victories in the 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1982 Amstel Gold Race Classic, the 1978 and 1981 Paris-Tours Classic, the 1981 Gent-Wevelgem Classic, the 1981 Omloop Het Volk Classic, the 1978 Paris-Brussels Classic, the 1980, 1983 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Classic, the 1979, 1980, 1981 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, as well ten stages in the Tour de France.
Color: The wonderful tri-colour is the distinctive jersey worn by the "Champion of Holland" in a particular discipline of cycling.
Condition: This jersey is a beauty, in good condition.
• Manufactured from acrylic with flocked lettering.
• Long length zip at the collar 12cm
• Three back pockets at the rear
• Made in Belgium by Decca
Armpit to armpit: 47cm
After the season of 1983, the TI-Raleigh team split up because of tension between former world champion Jan Raas and team leader Peter Post, with seven cyclists following Post to the new Panasonic-team and six cyclists joining Raas to the Kwantum-Hallen-DecodolYoko team (1984-86). The team captains of the Kwantum team were Guillaume Driessens, Jan Gisbers and Walter Godefroot. In their first year, the team managed to win the red jersey for intermediate sprints and one stage in the 1984 Tour de France, the Amstel Gold Race and the Dutch national road championship. After the 1984 season, Jan Raas stopped as an active cyclist and became team manager.
In 1985 the Kwantum team had a successful year. Victories included two Tour de France stages, the Tour of Luxembourg, Paris–Tours, Paris–Brussels, the Tirreno–Adriatico, the Tour of Belgium, again the Dutch national road championship, and the World cycling championship (Joop Zoetemelk). 1986 was less successful; the most important victory was Tour of Belgium.