Rick Zabel (born 7 December 1993) is a road bicycle racer from Germany, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation.[6] He is the son of Erik Zabel and grandson of Detlef Zabel.

Rick Zabel
Rund um Köln 2018 007.jpg
Rick Zabel 2021
Personal information
Full nameRick Zabel
NicknameThe Lion[1]
Born (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 27)
Unna, Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11 st 5 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamIsrael Start-Up Nation
Rider typeClassics specialist[3]
Amateur team
2012–2013Rabobank Continental Team
Professional teams
2014–2016BMC Racing Team
2017–2019Team Katusha–Alpecin[4]
2020–Israel Start-Up Nation[5]

Cycling careerEdit

Born in Unna, Zabel won the National Novice Track Championships in 2009, in the Madison event.[7] In 2010 he enjoyed more success in track events. 2011, at UCI Road World Championships Copenhagen, he was fifth in the road race in the juniors.

By summer of 2011 Zabel visited the Pierre de Coubertin sport gymnasium in Erfurt.[8] He left high school without a diploma, in order to sign his first professional contract with the Rabobank Continental Team for the 2012 season.[9] In 2012 he triumphed in the German road championship in the U23 class.[9][10] In 2013, Zabel won the under-23 Tour of Flanders, and won a stage at the Tour de Normandie.

For the 2014 season, Zabel turned professional with the BMC Racing Team.[11]

On 6 May 2015, Zabel was named in BMC's team for the 2015 Giro d'Italia, giving him his first Grand Tour start.[12] On 7 July 2015, his father's 45h birthday, Zabel celebrated his first victory as a professional, winning stage 3 of the Tour of Austria.[13]

In June 2017, he was named in the startlist for the 2017 Tour de France.[14]

Major resultsEdit

1st   Madison, National Novice Track Championships
National Junior Track Championships
2nd   Madison
3rd   Points race
3rd   Team pursuit
4th Overall Driedaagse van Axel
5th Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Ronde van Limburg
9th GP Raf Jonckheere
1st Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
1st Stage 5 Tour de Normandie
4th Overall Tour de Gironde
6th Paris–Tours Espoirs
7th La Côte Picarde
7th Münsterland Giro
8th Overall Olympia's Tour
10th Arno Wallaard Memorial
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
1st Stage 3 Tour of Austria
2nd Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
9th Paris–Bourges
10th Overall Dubai Tour
1st Stage 2 Tour de Yorkshire
8th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
Giro d'Italia
Held   after Stage 1

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 142 140 123
  Tour de France 145 DNF DNF 134
  Vuelta a España
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ Ryan, Barry (8 July 2021). "Greipel passes on advice to training partner Politt in Tour de France breakaway". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Rick Zabel - Team KATUSHA ALPECIN". Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ Fretz, Caley (5 February 2015). "A cobbled future for Zabel, son of the sprint king". VeloNews. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Katusha-Alpecin announce reduced 24-rider roster for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ Ostanek, Daniel (11 December 2019). "Israel Cycling Academy become Israel Start-Up Nation as WorldTour beckons". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Thomas Schneider und Rick Zabel neue Deutsche Meister im Zweier Mannschaftsfahren der Jugend" (in German). Radrennen in Köln. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Rick Zabel träumt mit 17 schon von der Profikarriere". radsport-news.com (in German). 25 September 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Rabobank haalt zoon Erik Zabel". nu.nl (in Dutch). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Rick Zabel ist neuer U23-Meister". radsport-news.com (in German). 9 September 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Rick Zabel fährt ab 2014 für BMC". radsport-news.com (in German). 3 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Zabel-Sohn Rick vor erster großer Rundfahrt" (in German). Spiegel Online. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Rick Zabels erster Profi-Sieg: "Es war brutal schwer"" (in German). Kicker. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  14. ^ "2017: 104th Tour de France: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.

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