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    Erik Zabel

    Erik Turned 36 today, and while there was no gift at the finish line, I figured some of you may want to know more about this guy. He is a STUD. He races all season long, sometimes all 3 grand tours, races and wins in the 6 day circuit on the velodromes around europe in the winter as well. This is probably why he has won the spring classic of Milan-San Remo 4 times, he would have won it 5, but he put is hands up too soon, and got pipped at the line by Oscar Freire

    Zabel has 200 professional wins to his credit, the most of any active racer. My guess is he probably has at least 5 times that in podium places (top 3)

    And While he has not found the front of the bunch in this years TdF, please know that he has won the Green Jersey Competiton in the TdF SIX times! Let's hope he doesn't move to the US and start racing masters 35+

    Below are some notable wins:

    2005
    Paris-Tours
    Rund um den Henninger Turm

    2004
    Vuelta a España: Blue Jersey points competition
    World Cycling Championship: Silver Medal

    2003
    German National Cycling Championship – Road Race
    Vuelta a España: 2 stages; Blue Jersey points competition
    Paris-Tours

    2002
    Tour de France: 1 stage; 1 day in Yellow Jersey (after Stage 3)
    Vuelta a España: Blue Jersey points competition
    Rund um den Henninger Turm
    Tour de Suisse: points competition
    Tirreno-Adriatico: points competition
    Tour of the Netherlands: points competition
    Tour of Germany: points competition
    Number 1 in the UCI ranking

    2001
    Tour de France: 3 stages; Green Jersey points classification
    Vuelta a España: 3 stages
    Milan-Sanremo
    HEW Cyclassics
    Number 1 in the UCI ranking

    2000
    Tour de France: 1 stage; Green Jersey
    Milan-Sanremo
    Amstel Gold Race

    1999
    Tour de France: Green Jersey
    Rund um den Henninger Turm

    1998
    Tour de France: Green Jersey
    Milan-Sanremo
    German National Cycling Championship – Road Race

    1997
    Tour de France: 3 stages; Green Jersey
    Milan-Sanremo
    Grote Scheldeprijs

    1996
    Tour de France: 2 stages; Green Jersey

    1995
    Tour de France: 2 stages

    1994
    Paris-Tours

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    +1

    He's right there at every finish.

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    Thanks for the information, Smoothie. Good stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    he would have won it 5, but he put is hands up too soon, and got pipped at the line by Oscar Freire
    Yikes... that's gotta be rough....


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    Zabel and Bob Roll have the same birthday. Thanks for the info, Smoothie.

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    The guy's a total badass. I'd love to see him snag another stage win this tour. He's always up there in the mix.

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    Erik's terrific and can still sprint. But he should have known better in that photo finish - lots of top guys like Gianni Bugno for example, have lost on the line throwing their hands up too early, either losing by a tire's width or worse, falling before the finish...

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    probably my favorite rider to watch during the sprints.. he's always in the top 5 or so..

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    Note that many of his 6 TDF sprinters jerseys came when his team was putting the vast majority of their effort into supporting their GC contender. I think in one case except for the very early flat stages and perhaps the flat stages after the mountians he got virtually no help in the form of leadouts at all.

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    did you guys see the documentary on this guy? hell on wheels i think.

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    yep.. its a good watch.
    he seems to be a very down to earth guy.

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I got Hell on Wheels its a great documentery. It really shows what the Tour is all about. I feel the same way about Zabel too bad he didnt win that stage the other day (flat).He really does seem down to earth.

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    My training parther has buddy in Germany who works as a Soigneur for the German national team and such. So when he goes to visit, he gets to meet a lot of racers, he got to have Beer with Zabel after the 6 day in Bremen. He got to meet Marco Villa as well.
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    That's awesome, thanks for the info. I'd rather have a little more info like that than than another "10//2" moment.
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    Zabel is a legend 'nuff said really

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    But does he dope?
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    I really think Erik should have done the late career morph into a classics rider like Museeuw did. He used to climb well enough to do it. It's sad to see him finish his career getting 10th on stages.
    I believe he has 192 wins though.

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    There is a tendency for people to inappropriately bandy terms around like 'champion' when referring to some riders. I subscribe to the theory that there are only ever a few champions racing in any one era. In Zabels case the term 'champion' is more than warranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    There is a tendency for people to inappropriately bandy terms around like 'champion' when referring to some riders. I subscribe to the theory that there are only ever a few champions racing in any one era. In Zabels case the term 'champion' is more than warranted.
    Hear, Hear!

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    Yea, I know what you mean. I'm a Lance fan, but the whole 10//2 thing is really unbalanced. I know we're just "Americans", but believe it or not, we're interested in ALL the bike racers. After getting caught up on all the riders and teams via Cycle Sport, it's kind of annoying to watch OLN's American slant. Americans are great riders, but let's hear more about the Erik Zabels, the other teams, etc. We are smart enough! We are worldly enough! I promise!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Extra #2
    That's awesome, thanks for the info. I'd rather have a little more info like that than than another "10//2" moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lokerola
    .... but let's hear more about the Erik Zabels, the other teams, etc. ..
    If you have actually been watching the entire coverage, they do that you know - cover Erik Zabel, Tom Boonen, Phil Anderson...

    Sure things get a bit slanted, but if you've watched coverage anywhere around world other than from your living room, you'll realize the same bias, if not greater, occurs over there too. What do you think is top conversation in French coverage, German coverage? Been to Basque country lately?

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    from wikipedia.com

    "On May 24th 2006 Erik took his 200th career victory as a professional when he won the opening stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt stage race."

    yet cycling news says 192, some older palmares sites also say 192. either way, the guys a total bad ass
    Last edited by Smoothie104; 07-09-06 at 12:12 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    My training parther has buddy in Germany who works as a Soigneur for the German national team and such. So when he goes to visit, he gets to meet a lot of racers, he got to have Beer with Zabel after the 6 day in Bremen. He got to meet Marco Villa as well.
    Smoothie, didn't you post pics of your buddy tipping a pint with Zabel last year? I tried searching the forum, but to no avail....

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    yup, therye on here somewhere. I will dig it up or repost it.
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    bump- zabel did his thing today and nearly won the bunch sprint.
    Is trick from science!

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    he sounds like a stud

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