Up to the age of thirteen he was active in cycling and football in parallel. After finishing fifth in the German school championship, however, he devoted himself entirely to cycling. From the very beginning of his cycling career, Kessler was in the service of Deutsche Telekom , first in the Junior Team Telekom and from 2000 as a professional in Team Telekom , which later became Team T-Mobile.
His greatest successes include third place in the road cycling world championship in the U23 class, third place in the German U23 championship in the same year and a victory on the third stage of the Tour de France 2006 . In the same year he also demonstrated his helper qualities and played a key role in Andreas Klöden's second place in Paris. During the 2004 tour, he wore the white jersey for the best young driver for one day . In 2004 he landed on the podium in the classic Flèche Wallonne with third place in an important one-day race . In the same year, he finished the World Cup races Amstel Gold Race and Liège – Bastogne – Liège in the top 10.
At the end of 2006 he moved to the newly formed Astana team with Andreas Klöden, among others . On June 27, 2007 it was announced that Kessler had tested positive for testosterone during an unannounced training control on April 24, 2007 in Charleroi, Belgium . He was initially suspended from his Astana team with immediate effect. On July 11, 2007 , it was announced that Kessler's B sample is also positive. As a result, Astana announced the immediate dismissal of Kessler. At the beginning of 2008, the disciplinary chamber of the Swiss Olympic Association suspended Matthias Kessler for two years until July 26, 2009. In addition, he was charged the legal costs and he must reimburse all prize money won after the positive doping result.
After his doping ban had expired, Kessler, still without a team for the 2010 season, had a serious fall during a training trip on Mallorca on January 14, 2010. He tried to avoid a cat, hit his head against a concrete wall without a helmet and suffered a fractured skull. Seven months after his serious training accident, Kessler continued to receive medical treatment and made progress with rehab. However, he could not continue his professional career.
In March 2014, Kessler, who was paralyzed on one side after his training accident, rode a 110-kilometer tandem with Jan Ullrich, his former Telekom team-mate, in South Africa in the popular sport race "Cape Argus" . The tandem was specially built for Kessler and Ullrich by former cyclist Mike Kluge .
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|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German racing cyclist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 16, 1979|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nuremberg|