Rudy Pevenage

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Rudy Pevenage (* 15. June 1954 in Moerbeke , Belgium ) is a former professional - cyclist and was sports director of the German team Telekom and T-Mobile . In addition, he was Jan Ullrich's personal advisor for a long time .


As a driver

Pevenage became a professional driver in 1976 and ended his career as a driver at the end of 1988. By then he had won 23 victories. In 1980 he won the 2nd stage of the Tour de France with the Ijsboerke team and then drove 9 stages in the yellow jersey . At the end of the tour he won the green jersey with 184 points ahead of Sean Kelly (153 points).

As a sports director and supervisor

Rudy Pevenage was the sporting director of Team Telekom until the end of 2002 . After Jan Ullrich had to leave the team due to a doping ban, Pevenage accompanied him to Team Coast at the beginning of 2003 , where he became the sporting director and personal supervisor of Jan Ullrich. After the team went bankrupt in May 2003, Pevenage organized Bianchi, a new main sponsor. Pevenage became team boss of Team Bianchi and led the restructured team to the Tour de France , where they could shine with a stage win and second place in the overall standings by Jan Ullrich. At the end of 2003, Ullrich announced that he was returning to his old employer, who has now raced as Team T-Mobile . The Bianchi team was dissolved. Rudy Pevenage stayed at Jan Ullrich's side as personal advisor; but he was not included in the T-Mobile team, as team boss Walter Godefroot declared Pevenage to be an undesirable person after he left in 2002.

At the end of 2005, Walter Godefroot retired from the T-Mobile team and Olaf Ludwig took over the position of team manager, who reinstated Rudy Pevenage as the sports director.

For the 2009 season, Pevenage became sports director of the US team " Rock Racing ". In February 2010, Pevenage stated that he had not held this position since the end of 2009 due to a lack of salary payments.

Involvement in doping

Shortly before the start of the Tour de France 2006 , Pevenage and Ullrich were involved in the Fuentes doping scandal and suspended by the team management until further notice on the basis of documents from the Spanish police. After further evidence was released, Pevenage was released on July 9, 2006 retrospectively to June 30. The doping allegations relate to several intercepted telephone calls with doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes , which were made from a Belgian cell phone number. The content of the phone calls and SMS indicated the procurement of doping substances and blood products enriched with EPO . However, the allegations could not be proven. The Belgian telephone numbers could not yet be clearly assigned either. In July 2010, Pevenage said in an interview with the French newspaper "L'Equipe": "What good is it to keep lying? I organized Jan's trips to Madrid on Fuentes."

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Pascal Sergent, Guy Crasset, Herve Dauchy: Wereld Encyclopedie Wielrennen . Eecloonaar, Eeklo 2001, p. 1461 .
  2. "Pevenage no longer sports director at Rock Racing"

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