Erik Zabel

BornJuly 7, 1970
BirthplaceBerlin, Germany
Professional Career1992-2008
Team(s)Telekom/T-Mobile Team, Milram Team, Team Katusha
Main Achievements6-time winner of the Points classification in Tour de France, 4-time winner of Milan-San Remo, 2000 Olympic Games bronze medalist in Road race, 2-time winner of Paris-Tours

Erik Zabel is a former German professional road cyclist who was born on July 7, 1970, in Berlin. He was a sprinter and is regarded as one of Germany’s greatest cyclists of all time. Zabel was well-known for his ability to win sprints on flat Grand Tour stages and one-day events.

Zabel started his professional cycling career with the Telekom team (later T-Mobile) in 1992 and soon established himself as a top sprinter. He won his first Tour de France stage in 1993 and went on to win six Points classification crowns from 1996 to 2001, making him one of the Tour’s most successful sprinters. Zabel also won four editions of the Milan-San Remo, one of cycling’s five Monuments, in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001. He also won several additional one-day races, including two Paris-Tours (1994 and 2003).

Zabel also had international success, winning a bronze medal in the road race at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. After a 16-year career, he retired from professional cycling in 2008.

Zabel’s career was not without criticism, despite his great accomplishments. He was stripped of his six green jerseys after admitting to using EPO at the 1996 Tour de France in 2007. He has now apologized and has become an advocate for safe cycling.

Erik Zabel’s Most Significant Achievements:

1994, 2003Winner of Paris-Tours
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001Winner of Milan-San Remo
1996-2001Winner of the Points classification in Tour de France (stripped of titles)
2000Bronze medal in Road race at Olympic Games in Sydney

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