|Birth Day:||February 14, 1986|
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He was born in Oudenaarde, Belgium and began his career as a trainee for Topsport Vlaanderen.
Bakelants left RadioShack–Leopard at the end of the 2013 season, and joined Omega Pharma–Quick-Step for the 2014 season. In August 2014, it was announced that he would be leaving Omega Pharma–Quick-Step after one year and joining AG2R La Mondiale on an initial two-year deal.
Bakelants was severely injured in a crash at the 2017 Giro di Lombardia when he crashed into a ravine on a fast descent, fracturing seven ribs and the first and third vertebrae. He did not lose consciousness and was transferred to the hospital in Como. The crash left Bakelants 1 centimetre (0.39 inches) shorter. After his crash, Bakelants spoke out about safety standards in cycling. He hoped to return to racing in March 2018, and did so at the Classic Loire Atlantique in France.
Currently, Jan Bakelants is 35 years, 5 months and 10 days old. Jan Bakelants will celebrate 36th birthday on a Monday 14th of February 2022.
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