Olaf Pollack

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Olaf Pollack Road cycling
Olaf Pollack during the 2007 coastal tour
Olaf Pollack during the 2007 coastal tour
To person
Date of birth 20th September 1973 (age 46)
nation GermanyGermany Germany
discipline Road , rail
height 1.85 meters
Racing weight 77 kilograms
End of career 2010
Last updated: September 26, 2018

Olaf Pollack (born September 20, 1973 in Räckelwitz ) is a former German cyclist and later sports director .

Beginnings in cycling

Pollack started his sports career in 1976 as a gymnast and practiced this sport until 1983. He then became a cyclist. In 1987 he joined the RSC Cottbus and was accepted into the local sports school . At first he concentrated on track cycling , from 1995 on he switched to road cycling . He won his first championship title in 1988 at the GDR youth railway championships in the team pursuit.

Success in track cycling

In 1994 Olaf Pollack became world champion in the team pursuit with the four-wheel of the Association of German Cyclists in Palermo when he competed in the heats. In 1998 he won the European title in the Omnium , and two years later Pollack was again world champion with the track four and took bronze in the two-man team driving , together with Andreas Kappes (1965-2018). In 2000, Olaf Pollack celebrated the greatest success of his career when he won the gold medal for Germany with the four-man track at the Olympic Games . In 2007 he won three German runner-up titles, in the single pursuit , the team pursuit and in the Madison, and in August 2007, after a break of several years, he returned to the national track team of the Association of German Cyclists. In 2009 he was two-time German champion, in two-man team driving (with Roger Kluge ) and in points competition . Together with Kluge, he also became vice world champion in two-man team driving in Manchester , took part in this discipline with him at the Olympic Games in Beijing and finished fifth.

Pollack also started several times in six-day races and took several podium places.

Successes in road racing

In 1997 Olaf Pollack became a professional with the Agro-Adler Brandenburg team . In the same year he celebrated his first professional successes when he won a stage of the Lower Saxony Tour and two day sections at the Clásico RCN in Colombia. In the following year, Pollack achieved two stage victories in the Tour of Slovenia and four victories in the Olympia's Tour . The Sprinter won another stage of the Lower Saxony Tour in 1999 when it also won a stage of the Peace Race . For the 2000 season Pollack left the Agro-Adler team and switched to the Gerolsteiner team . With this team from the Eifel, Pollack was able to celebrate three more stage victories in the Lower Saxony Tour - including the prologue - and winning the sprint classification in his first year. At the Vodacom Rapport Toer in South Africa , where he won a stage and the prologue, and at the Tasmania tour Pollack was another three times victorious. In 2001 Pollack was able to win another race in Germany for the Gerolsteiner team with Rund um die Nürnberg Altstadt . In addition, he was ahead in the sprint classification of the Rhineland-Palatinate Tour . In terms of victories, Pollacks was the most successful year in 2002 when he won the Lower Saxony Tour and also won the sprint jersey and two stage wins. In the same year he also won day sections of the Hesse Tour , the Peace Tour and the Tour of Denmark and won the one-day trip from Groningen to Münster .

In 2003, Pollack, whose specialties were sprints and short time trials, took part in the Tour de France for the first and only time , which he did not finish, but in which he narrowly missed a stage win due to a mass fall shortly before the finish line. He achieved victories in 2003 on a stage of the Deutschland Tour and the Lower Saxony Tour , and he also won the sprint classification of the Bayern Tour . In 2004 he added a stage win in the Sachsen Tour and several podium places at the Giro d'Italia as well as a day in the pink jersey of the overall leader of the Giro to his list of successes. In the 2005 season, the sprinter left the Gerolsteiner team and switched to the T-Mobile team . In 2006 Pollack once again drove for one day in the overall leader's pink jersey at the Giro . In the same year Pollack also won a section of the Tour of Denmark as well as two stages and the sprinter classification of the Tour of California, which was held for the first time .

After two years, Pollack's engagement with the T-Mobile team ended and he signed a contract with Wiesenhof-Felt for 2007 . For his new team, he won a stage at the Critérium International and also had the upper hand in the main race on Nienburger Citynacht. After the dissolution of the Wiesenhof team, he signed a one-year contract with the Austrian team Volksbank in 2008 , for which he won a stage of the Bayern Tour .

Olaf Pollack took part in the Tour de France once and in the Giro d'Italia four times .

Doping accusation 2009

In 2009 Pollack started in track races for the RSC Cottbus. On September 18, 2009, however, it became known that Pollack had tested positive for the substance Dynepo during a training control carried out by NADA on July 6, 2009 . The result of the B sample was negative and did not confirm the findings of the A sample, which is why Pollack pleaded innocent in the subsequent doping process. In April 2010, Pollack, who had since ended his career due to an eye disease, had the doping case stopped, did not go to an independent court and accepted the ban issued by the Federal Sports and Arbitration Court of the Federal German Cyclists until September 2011. Pollack became his two German championship titles from 2009 in the points race and in the two-man team race retrospectively withdrawn.

Personal and professional

Pollack is married, has a daughter (* 2004) and lives in Kolkwitz near Cottbus.

In 2013 he became the sporting director of Team Stuttgart . From 2015 he is the new sports director of the track cycling event Cottbuser Nights .




Individual evidence

  1. ^ German Cycling Association of the GDR (ed.): The cyclist . No. 32/1988 . Berlin, S. 3 .
  2. Joel Godaert: VeloPlus . Travel Marketing, Mechelen 2009, p. 500 .
  3. Olaf Pollack mourns ex-professional cyclist Andreas Kappes (July 31, 2018)
  4. Wu defeats eleven-year-old Spain in the semi-finals of the European Basketball Championship , Spiegel Online, September 18, 2009
  5. Radsport-news.com: "Pollack accepts two-year ban", accessed on April 9, 2010
  6. Radsport-news.com: "BDR recognizes Pollack's track title from 2009"
  7. Homepage of Olaf Pollack ( Memento of the original dated February 16, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved November 11, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.olafpollack.de
  8. radsport-news.com of October 29, 2013: Team Stuttgart brings Thömel, Holler and Krieger
  9. ^ Pollack new sporting director at the Cottbuser Nights. bahnradsport.org, December 15, 2014, accessed December 15, 2014 .

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