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Linus Gerdemann (born 16 September 1982) is a German former professional road bicycle racer, who won a stage in the 2007 Tour de France and lead the general classification for two days, wearing the yellow jersey.

Linus Gerdemann
Linus Gerdemann 2006.jpg
Gerdemann at the 2006 Deutschland Tour.
Personal information
Full nameLinus Gerdemann
Born (1982-09-16) 16 September 1982 (age 36)
Münster, Germany
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
2003Winfix–Techem
2004Winfix Arnolds Sicherheit
Professional team(s)
2005Team CSC
2006–2008T-Mobile Team
2009–2010Team Milram
2011–2012Leopard Trek
2014MTN–Qhubeka
2015–2016Cult Energy Pro Cycling
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2007)

Stage Races

Deutschland Tour (2008)
Bayern–Rundfahrt (2009)
Tour de Luxembourg (2011, 2015)

After failing to find a contract for 2013,[1] Gerdemann joined MTN–Qhubeka for the 2014 season.[2] In 2015 he rode for Danish professional continental team Cult Energy-Vital Water.[3] Early 2017, Gerdemann announced his retirement.[4]

CareerEdit

 
Gerdemann at the 2005 HEW Cyclassics

After riding on amateur teams Team Winfix and Team AKUD Arnolds Sicherheit, in 2005 he became a professional rider for Team CSC after a recommendation from Dennis Kraft, signing on for a 2-year contract. In his first year as a pro, he won the 7th stage of the UCI ProTour race Tour de Suisse and had the leader's jersey in Four Days of Dunkirk.

In late 2005 he agreed to a contract with rival UCI ProTour T-Mobile Team, starting from 2006. This got Team CSC owner Bjarne Riis to release Gerdemann from his contract at the end of 2005.

On Saturday 14 July 2007 he secured his biggest victory in his career, the seventh stage of the Tour de France from Bourg-en-Bresse to Le Grand-Bornand. The stage win gave him the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification, as well as the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification. He was also awarded the combativity award for this stage.

In March 2008 he sustained injuries from a crash in the Tirreno–Adriatico and was unable to race in the 2008 Tour de France or the Beijing summer Olympics.[5] He came back from his injuries to win the Deutschland Tour in August 2008.

Gerdemann also won the Tour of Luxembourg in 2011 and 2015.

Major resultsEdit

2004
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Stage 4 Tour of Berlin
2005
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
2006
6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
7th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
8th Trofeo Calvia
2007
Tour de France
1st Stage 7
Held   after Stages 7–8
2008
1st   Overall Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 1
1st   Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 3a
1st Coppa Agostoni
3rd Monte Paschi Eroica
2009
1st   Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Groben Preis der Stadt Dessau–Roblau
5th Monte Paschi Strade Bianche
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2010
1st Stage 1 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Mallorca
2011
1st   Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 2
2012
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
2014
Tour d'Azerbaïdjan
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
5th Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
2015
1st   Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 2
5th Gran Premio di Lugano

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Aubrey, Jane (7 December 2012). "Gerdemann still looking for a team for 2013". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Ciolek's past team-mate Linus Gerdemann to join compatriot on MTN Qhubeka in 2014". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Gerdemann to join Cult Energy in 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Gerald Ciolek and Linus Gerdemann announce retirements". Cyclingnews. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Beijing 2008 – Gerdemann out of Beijing".

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