Andreas Klöden

Andreas Klöden

Infobox Cyclist
ridername = Andreas Klöden

image_caption =
fullname = Andreas Klöden
nickname = Klödi
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1975|6|22
country = GER
height= height|m=1.83
weight= convert|63|kg|lb st|abbr=on
currentteam = Astana Team
ridertype = All-rounder
amateurteams =
amateuryears =
proyears = 1998–2006
proteams = T-Mobile Team
Astana Team
majorwins = flagicon|GER National Road Race Champion (2004)
Paris-Nice (2000)
Vuelta al País Vasco (2000)
Tirrenno-Adriatico (2007)
Tour de Romandie (2008)
medaltemplates =
updated= May 4, 2008

Andreas Klöden (born June 22, 1975 in Mittweida) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour Team Astana. His major achievements include a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and the second place in the 2006 Tour de France. Klöden is a tall, lightly built racer with enough strength to place high in the overall classifications of major tours, but has been plagued by injury.


Klöden was born in Mittweida in 1975. [cite web| url=| title=Andreas KLODEN : ASTANA| publisher=Yahoo Euro Sport| accessdate=2008-09-11] Before he turned professional, he won the bronze medal in the Under 23 World Time Trial Championships in 1996, and two stages at the International Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt in 1997.

1998-2006 (T-Mobile)

Klöden signed with "Team Deutsche Telekom" (later T-Mobile Team) in 1998, and in his first pro season he won the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt's General Classifications (GC) and the prologue of the Tour de Normandie. [cite web| url=| title=Biography: Andreas Klöden| publisher=Velo News| accessdate=2008-09-11] In 1999, he won a stage at the Portuguese Tour of Algarve. But the first of his great seasons came in 2000, where after notching two important victories in the GC of Paris-Nice and Vuelta al País Vasco, he went on to obtain the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, after fellow German Jan Ullrich and Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, two riders with whom he would spend several seasons on T-Mobile.

After that came three injury plagued seasons in which he gained no victories. He was forced to abandon the 2003 Tour de France due to a fractured tailbone.cite web| url=| title=Vinokourov soldiers on| publisher=Cycling News| date=2007-07-13| accessdate=2008-09-11] 2004 saw his cycling rebirth as he won the German National Road Racing Championships and so continued T-Mobile/Team Telekom's winning streak, which went back to Bernd Gröne's 1993 win of these Championships. Klöden held his great moment of form until the Tour de France, which began one week later. In that Tour, which he began as a domestique for Ullrich, he did not win any stage but finished second overall after taking second place from Italian Ivan Basso in the final time trial. [cite web| url=| title=Armstrong makes history| publisher=BBC Sport| date=2004-07-24| accessdate=2008-09-11] Ullrich, whom Klöden was supposed to be supporting, finished fourth that year, the only time he finished outside the top three in the Tour de France. Finishing ahead of Ullrich brought Klöden international fame and rumours circulated that he was moving to Gerolsteiner or Illes Balears, where he would have led the team, but instead he stayed at T-Mobile with Ullrich.

In the 2005 season he won a stage at the Bayern Rundfahrt. Klöden as well as teammates Ullrich and Vinokourov were considered among the challengers for the 2005 Tour de France overall victory, with Ullrich as the strongest bid. Klöden contributed to the team success of T-Mobile in the race that saw Ullrich finish 3rd and Vinokourov finish fifth. On stage 8 in the Vosges Mountains, he attacked half way up the final climb of the day and eventually took the K.O.M. points, catching breakaway leader Pieter Weening right at the summit. On the way down to the finish in Geradmer, he lost the sprint finish in the closest Tour de France finish of all time - (9.6 millimetres or 0.0002 secs). [cite web| url=| title=A Winning Kazakh Attack!| publisher=Tour de France| date=2005-07-13| accessdate=2008-09-11] Later, he withdrew from the Tour at stage 17 into Revel, having crashed during the 16th stage and fracturing a bone in his right wrist.

In the Tour of 2006, Klöden became one of the favorites for the overall victory when Ullrich, Vinokourov and Basso did not start. [cite web| url=| title=TOUR DE FRANCE - RIDERS TO WATCH| author=Chris Hammer| publisher=Sporting Life| date=2007-07-22| accessdate=2008-09-11] Vinokourov did not participate because of his teammates doping scandal, which caused his Astana team to fall below the minimum six riders to start. After somewhat weak performances in the first mountain stages, Klöden was in good shape in the Alps, climbing in the overall ranking. Klöden was very strong in the closing time trial where he finished second after his teammate Serhiy Honchar, climbing from fourth to the third place in the general classification over Carlos Sastre. On stage 11 to the Pla D'Beret, Kloden was dropped by the leading group and lost about 1:30mins, which cost him dearly. On Stage 15, he performed strongly, dropping everyone, except eventual overall winner Floyd Landis. On Stage 16, Kloden again performed well, finishing fourth on the stage, however on stage 17, he again cracked on the Col du Joux Plane, but recovered on the descent, thanks mainly to the help given to him by team-mate Patrik Sinkewitz. [cite web| url=| title=Landis Remarkable Maiden Stage Victory...!| publisher=Tour de France| date=2006-06-20| accessdate=2008-09-11]

2007- (Team Astana)

On August 27, 2006, Klöden announced that he would ride for Team Astana in the 2007 season, although Vinokourov was the team captain. [cite web| url=| title=Klöden to Astana| author=Susan Westemeyer| publisher=Cycling News| date=2006-08-27| accessdate=2008-09-11] This announcement came as something of a surprise to the cycling community because Klöden, despite his talent and accomplishments, would almost certainly not be the leader of that team, which is organized around Alexandre Vinokourov. During the Tour de France, he rode well, but had to help Team Astana captain Vinokourov, and lost a few minutes. An accident almost saw the repeat of his 2003 Tour injury, but this time the injury to the coccyx was just a hairline fracture and he was able to continue. Team Astana, formally withdrew from the 2007 Tour de France on July 24th, when Vinokourov's doping test was found to be positive. [cite web| url=| publisher=BBC SPORT |title= Vinokourov fails Tour doping test| date=2007-07-24| accessdate=2008-09-11]

His racing in September was interrupted by injury, following an accident whilst out training when a car crossed his path forcing him to swerve, Klöden ended up in a ditch. Although an X-Ray showed no broken bones, he missed the GP de Plouay and the Tour of Poland. [cite web| url=|title=Klöden plans on Poland, details crash| publisher=Cycling News| date=2007-09-03| accessdate=2008-09-11] [cite web| url=|title=No Poland for Klöden| publisher=Cycling News| date=2007-09-06| accessdate=2008-09-11]

Major achievements

;1998:Overall and Stage 3A, Niedersachsen Rundfahrt:Prologue, Tour de Normandie;1999:Stage 3, Volta ao Algarve;2000:Overall and Stage 5B, Vuelta al País Vasco:Overall and Stage 7, Paris-Nice:Stage 7, Peace Race:Bronze Medal, Olympics Road Race:12th, Olympics Time Trial;2004:GER National Road Race Championship: 2nd overall – Tour de France;2005:Stage 5, Bayern Rundfahrt;2006:Regio Tour:2nd overall – Tour de France (promoted due to exclusion of Floyd Landis);2007:1st Overall, Tirreno-Adriatico:Circuit Cycliste Sarthe et Pays de la Loire stage 2:Circuit Cycliste Sarthe overall:2nd, Prologue – Tour de France:2nd, Stage 13 – Tour de France:6th, Stage 14 – Tour de France;2008:1st overall, Tour de Romandie:::Stage 3:2nd Tour de Suisse


External links

* [ Andreas Klöden's Official Website]
* [ Andreas Klöden Fanpage]
* [ Andreas Klöden Network]

NAME= Klöden, Andreas
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Kloden, Andreas ; Kloeden, Andreas
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Road bicycle racer
DATE OF BIRTH= 1975-06-22
PLACE OF BIRTH=Mittweida, Germany

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