Reimund Dietzen

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Reimund Dietzen sometimes written Raimund Dietzen (born 29 May 1959 in Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a retired road and cyclo-cross cyclist from Germany, who was a professional rider from 1982 to 1990.

Reimund Dietzen
Personal information
Full nameReimund Dietzen
Born (1959-05-29) 29 May 1959 (age 62)
Trier, Germany
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleDirecteur sportif
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1982Puch - Eorotex - Campagnolo
1983–1990Teka
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (1984, 1986, 1989)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championship
(1984, 1986)

Cycling careerEdit

Dietzen was a successful amateur winning the German cyclo-cross championship in 1980 and 1981 as well as winning in road races. He turned professional with the Swiss team Puch in 1982. He won the cyclo-cross race the Grand Prix Jean Bausch-Pierre Kellner that year. The following year he joined a Spanish cycling team Teka with whom he would stay with for the rest of his career. In his first year with his new team he won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The following year he became the champion of Germany in the road race and cyclo-cross as well his first stage victory in the Vuelta a España. He won the stage to the Lagos de Covadonga which is a very steep climb and a prestigious stage to win. He would finish that year's edition of the Vuelta third overall.[1] The following year he was again cyclo-cross champion as well as the winner of the Vuelta a Cantabria. In 1986 he was again German road champion and won a second stage in the 1986 Vuelta a España. In 1987 he wore the leader's jersey in the 1987 Vuelta a España for five days before losing it to Herrera and then finishing the race second overall to Luis Herrera of Colombia. Dietzen finished the 1988 Vuelta a España second overall, this time to Sean Kelly of Ireland. In the 1989 Vuelta a España, Dietzen won a stage but several days later he crashed. He had ridden into a tunnel which was not illuminated and crashed, suffering career-ending injuries. He was only 30 years of age when the following year he stopped as a professional after not recovering. Seventeen years later, the Supreme Court of Spain ordered the organisers of the Vuelta a España to pay damages to Dietzen.[2] Dietzen obtained nearly all of his success in Spanish races[3] with wins in Vuelta a La Rioja, Vuelta a Castilla y León and the Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme.

Post-cycling careerEdit

From 2003, Dietzen was a directeur sportif with the now-defunct Team Gerolsteiner. He lives in Spain.

Major resultsEdit

Cyclo-crossEdit

1981–1982
1st Grand Prix Jean Bausch-Pierre Kellner
2nd National Championships
1983–1984
1st   National Championships
1984–1985
1st   National Championships

RoadEdit

1981
Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
1st Stages 3 & 4
3rd Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
1982
1st Trofeo Luis Puig
7th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1983
1st   Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 4
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Prologue
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
1984
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 1 Vuelta Asturias
2nd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 12
3rd Clásica a los Puertos de Guadarrama
1985
1st   Overall Vuelta a Cantabria
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2nd Overall Vuelta Asturias
3rd Overall Tour of Galicia
7th Overall Vuelta a España
1986
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Vuelta a Cantabria
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 4a Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Aragón
4th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 12
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
7th Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1987
1st   Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
1st Prologue
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
2nd Subida al Naranco
3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragón
1988
1st   Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
3rd Subida al Naranco
1989
1st   Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
  Vuelta a España 40 DNF 3 7 4 2 2 DNF
  Giro d'Italia Did not contest during his career
  Tour de France DNF 64 DNF 90 83
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Raimund Dietzen". cyclebase.nl. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  2. ^ "Vuelta organisers must pay damages to Dietzen". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  3. ^ "Raimund Dietzen een Duitser die alleen in de Vuelta presteerde". Sport Geschiedenis.nl. Retrieved 2007-09-22.

External linksEdit