|Andreas Klöden at the start of the Rothaus Regio Tour in Heitersheim.|
|Date of birth||22nd June 1975 (age 45)|
|Racing weight||63 kilograms|
|End of career||2013|
|Most important successes|
Overall ranking Paris – Nice 2000
|Last updated: October 24, 2013|
Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Groß Schacksdorf near Forst (Lausitz) , where he grew up. Klöden began his cycling career at SG Dynamo Forst and was delegated from there in 1989 to the children's and youth sports school in Berlin, where he - like Jan Ullrich - trained at SC Dynamo Berlin .
Professional in the Telekom team
He started his professional career in May 1998 with Team Telekom , the later T-Mobile team. There he was primarily active as a sporting helper ( water carrier ) for Jan Ullrich, with whom he has a close personal friendship.
His first major international successes came in the spring of 2000 when he was able to win the important stage races Paris – Nice and the Tour of the Basque Country in succession . He confirmed these successes in September of the same year when he won the bronze medal in road racing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney behind his teammates Jan Ullrich and Alexander Vinokurow .
At first, Klöden was unable to build on these successes. It was not until 2004 that he first won the title of German road racing champion in Freiburg im Breisgau . A few weeks later he finished second in the 2004 Tour de France ahead of team captain Ullrich, who came fourth.
In the following year, again as a helper for Ullrich, he was unable to repeat this success: while in eleventh position in the overall classification of the Tour de France 2005 , he had to race during the 17th stage because of a scaphoid fracture that he had suffered the day before had suffered a fall, give up.
After Jan Ullrich was banned from the Tour de France 2006 because of the doping scandal Fuentes , Klöden contested the race as captain of the team. He finished the tour in third and was subsequently classified in second after the doping disqualification of Floyd Landis, who was originally honored as the winner .
After the Telekom team
For the 2007 season, Klöden moved to the Astana team . He missed victory in the prologue held at the Tour de France in London by 13 seconds behind the winner Fabian Cancellara. Because of the early withdrawal of the Astana team after the positive doping test of the captain Alexander Vinokurow , Klöden could not finish the tour.
In 2008, the team was initially invited neither for the Giro d'Italia 2008 nor for the Tour de France 2008 . After being invited to the Giro at a later date, Klöden started there with ambitions to win. In the end, however, he was a helper to the late Alberto Contador and got out on rank 13 because of a severe cold on the penultimate day.
After Andreas Klöden was not nominated by the Association of German Cyclists for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Klöden was disappointed with the decision, which he did not understand, and announced that he would no longer be available for the Association of German Cyclists in the future.
In the spring of 2009 Klöden achieved strong results in tours. At the Tour de France 2009 , too , Klöden was able to impress as a noble helper this time. In places he was even stronger than Armstrong and could even have made it onto the podium on the 17th stage to Le Grand-Bornand if he hadn't gone hungry on the last climb and thus left a lot of time in the end. In the overall standings, it finally came in 6th.
Together with team manager Johan Bruyneel , Klöden moved to the newly founded US team RadioShack in 2010 and joined the RadioShack Nissan team in 2012 after its merger with the Luxembourg team Leopard Trek .
In the spring of 2011, Klöden started the season with strong form and, in addition to second place, was able to record a stage win at Paris – Nice . He also won the Critérium International time trial and won the Tour of the Basque Country .
At the end of the 2013 season, Klöden ended his career as a professional cyclist in August 2013 with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. He said there was no agreement on a new contract for the 2014 season.
In spring 2008, Klöden was accused of doping in an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the article, the newspaper claimed it had the testimony of the confessed doping sinner Patrik Sinkewitz , who incriminated his former teammates. Andreas Klöden and Matthias Kessler were there when Sinkewitz went to the University Hospital Freiburg for blood doping at the 2006 Tour de France . However, the responsible public prosecutor's office has not confirmed the information alleged in the press reports. It is not known how the press should have come to such detailed information.
The final report of the expert commission on the investigation of doping allegations against doctors of the sports medicine department of the Freiburg University Hospital, which was presented to the public on May 13, 2009, established with certainty that Andreas Klöden, along with his teammates at the time, Kessler and Sinkewitz, was doped with autologous blood for the 2006 Tour de France. Andreas Klöden and his lawyers have issued a press release in which they consider the allegations to be vague and incomprehensible. As a result of the allegations, Andreas Klöden mostly refused interview requests from the German media. The investigation by the public prosecutor's office was closed in exchange for a payment made to a social institution.
Placements in the Grand Tours
|Tour de France||-||-||-||26th||-||DNF||2||DNF||2||DNF||-||6th||14th||DNF||11||30th|
|Vuelta a España||DNF||62||DNF||-||DNF||-||-||-||-||-||20th||-||-||DNF||-||-|
- Andreas Klöden in the database of Radsportseiten.net
- Andreas Klöden in the Tour de France database(French / English )
- Karl-Heinz Otto: The debut at the Friedensfahrt - Berlin's Andreas Klöden becomes a young professional with the German Telekom team. In: Berliner Zeitung . December 31, 1997, accessed June 16, 2015 .
- t-online.de of October 24, 2013: Andreas Klöden ends his career
- radsport-news.com from July 20, 2005: Pain - Klöden gets out
- radsport-news.com of August 26, 2006: Klöden and Kessler to Astana
- Welt Online: Klöden barely missed the prologue victory , July 7, 2007
- spiegel.de of July 24, 2007: Blood doping in Vinokurow - Astana gets out
- spiegel.de from May 7, 2008: Scandal team Astana? Welcome!
- radsport-news.com from May 31, 2008: Sick Klöden has to end Giro
- sport.ARD.de: Klöden no longer starts for the BDR ( Memento from September 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), August 30, 2008
- RSN ranking list, 16th place: Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard). Convinced as a stage hunter on the farewell tour
- weser-kurier.de of October 24, 2013: 16 successful years as a professional cyclist - Andreas Klöden ends his career
- Sinkewitz is said to have outed Klöden as a doping fraudster Spiegel Online, March 7, 2008.
- Press release ( Memento from September 28, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Andreas Klöden Official Homepage, March 8, 2008. (Homepage no longer available).
- Final report of the commission of experts to investigate doping allegations against doctors in the sports medicine department of the Freiburg University Medical Center, May 13, 2009
- jensweinreich.de from May 15, 2009: Andreas Klöden lets say ... (press release doping allegations)
- Klöden denies payment of fine swp.de November 6, 2009 ( Memento from April 3, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German racing cyclist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 22, 1975|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mittweida|