Jens Heppner

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Jens Heppner Road cycling
Jens Heppner 2010
Jens Heppner 2010
To person
Nickname Heppe
Date of birth December 23, 1964
nation GermanyGermany Germany
discipline Street
height 1.71 meters
Racing weight 68 kilograms
To the team
Current team End of career
BSG Electronics Gera
SG Wismut Gera
Team (s)
Most important successes

Germany tour 1999

Team (s) as team manager
Teams Wiesenhof-Felt
Team NetApp .
Last updated: October 12, 2019
Heppner in a top group at the Henninger Tower 2000 with Kai Hundertmarck and Matteo Tosatto.

Jens Heppner (born December 23, 1964 in Gera ) is a former German cyclist , national champion in cycling and sports director . He lives in the German-speaking community of Kelmis in Belgium .


His first successes were the victories in the ranking for the best young rider (white jersey) at the GDR tours in 1984 and 1985. Heppner, who started cycling in 1974 at BSG Elektronik Gera and then in the training group for SG Wismut Gera started by Werner Marschner , drove for the Telekom team from 1992 to 2002 . During this time he took part in the great tours of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia several times . In the 1992 Tour de France, the 10th place in the overall standings was also part of the team in which Bjarne Riis won the Tour in 1996 and Jan Ullrich in 1997 . His greatest career success was the overall ranking of the Germany Tour in 1999 . At the Giro d'Italia 2002 he conquered the overall leader's Maglia Rosa on the 6th stage as a member of a breakaway group, which he wore for 10 days. From 2003 to 2005 he was under contract with Team Wiesenhof . On August 24, 2005 he drove his final race in Jena , which he won in the sprint just ahead of his former teammate Jan Ullrich. Almost the entire German cycling elite was present at the race.


Heppner was then the sporting director of the Wiesenhof-Felt team until the team was dissolved at the end of October 2007 . He also worked as a cycling expert for the sports broadcaster Eurosport , where he commented on the Tour de France, among other things. The broadcaster justified its decision not to use Heppner's services on the 2007 tour by stating that, due to his previous membership in the Telekom Team, which was involved in a doping scandal , it could not be assumed that Heppner would appear impartial and offer all his knowledge of doping as an expert.

From 2009 to 2013 Jens Heppner was the sports director at Team NetApp . On July 24, 2013, the Anti-Doping Commission of the French Senate published the results of a subsequent investigation of doping samples from 1998. Heppner's EPO was detected in a doping sample . Since the investigations were scientific analyzes and no B-samples were available for control, these results had no consequences under sports law. At the end of July 2013, following the publication of the French doping test in July 2013, Heppner was released from his duties as sporting director for the NetApp-Endura team "by mutual agreement" with the team management.

Jens Heppner ran an altitude fitness studio in Hergenrath together with his wife . Later he occasionally worked as a guide on cycling tours for recreational athletes in South Africa , among others .

Successes (selection)


In 1997, as part of his team, Heppner received the Bambi media and television prize.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ German Cycling Association of the GDR (ed.): The cyclist . No. 18/1987 . Berlin 1987, p. 2 .
  2. The ten pink days of "Grandpa" Heppner., May 19, 2017, accessed May 19, 2017 .
  3. of June 25, 2007: Eurosport does without Heppner on tour
  4. of July 24, 2013: Heppner also doped on the 1998 Tour
  5. of July 25, 2013: UCI criticizes anti-doping report by the French Senate
  6. from July 30, 2013: NetApp-Endura parted ways with sports director Heppner
  7. Rainer Kraus, Rudolf Blaha: The world has pedals and friends who pedal them . Delius Klasing, Bielefeld 2016, ISBN 978-3-667-10706-0 , p. 136 .
  8. Florian Nowak: [Interview] What is Jens Heppner actually doing? - Velomotion. In: January 3, 2017, accessed May 21, 2020 .

Web links

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