Matthias Kessler

Matthias Kessler (born 16 May 1979 in Nuremberg) is a German former professional road racing cyclist who competed from 2000 to 2007 for Team Telekom and Astana.

Matthias Kessler
Henninger Turm-2005-Matthias Kessler.jpg
Kessler at the Rund um den Henninger Turm 2005
Personal information
Full nameMatthias Kessler
Born (1979-05-16) 16 May 1979 (age 43)
Nuremberg, Germany
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
2000–2006Team Telekom
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2006)

Single-day races and Classics

GP Miguel Induráin (2003, 2004)


Kessler debuted as a pro during the 2000 season after becoming German under 23 champion in 1999, a year in which he also took the bronze medal in the under 23 cycling world championships. Despite the fact that he has only 3 wins in his palmarès, which includes two consecutive victories at the Gran Premio Miguel Induráin and LUK-Cup of 2003, he is seen as an outsider for the Ardennes classic races.

In Grand Tours, Kessler won Stage 3 of the 2006 Tour de France in a late breakaway. The previous day on Stage 2, he was caught by the peloton less than 50 meters from the finish line. He had to abandon the 2004 Tour de France after a serious and spectacular fall caused him severe injuries, even though he managed to end the stage. In the 2005 Tour de France, he was part of the T-Mobile line-up and almost got a win at Mende.

Kessler is known for riding with his jersey open and also for wearing an undershirt intentionally torn for better cooling. In January 2010, he had a collision with a cat while on a training ride in Mallorca, Spain, and was left in a critical condition with severe head injuries.[1]


On 27 June 2007 Kessler was suspended by Astana for failing a drugs test for testosterone taken in Charleroi in April 2007.[2] He was fired from the team on 13 July.[3] Later named as a recipient of a blood transfusion at the University of Freiburg along with teammates Andreas Klöden and Patrick Sinkewitz during the 2006 Tour de France.

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
  Giro d'Italia 23 25 25 72
  Tour de France 49 DNF 57 53
  Vuelta a España 102 47
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kessler in critical condition after Mallorca crash
  2. ^ "Pro Tour 2007 - Kessler fails dope test". Eurosport. 2007-06-27. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
  3. ^ "Astana fires Kessler after B sample returns positive". USA Today. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-10-16.

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