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Roman Kreuziger (Czech pronunciation: [ˈroman ˈkrojtsɪɡr̩]; born 6 May 1986) is a Czech professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Dimension Data.[4] Kreuziger is an all-rounder, with climbing and time trial abilities, becoming a contender for the General classification of stage races. He is also considered one of the biggest talents of the sport after winning the 2004 Junior Road World Championships and the 2008 Tour de Suisse at the age of 22. Next year, he won the 2009 Tour de Romandie and in 2013, he was the victor of the Amstel Gold Race.

Roman Kreuziger
Roman Kreuziger (Tour de France 2009 - Stage 17).jpg
Kreuziger at the 2009 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full nameRoman Kreuziger
Born (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 33)
Moravská Třebová, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamTeam Dimension Data
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder/Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2006–2010Liquigas
2011–2012Astana
2013–2016Saxo–Tinkoff[2]
2017–2018Orica–Scott[3]
2019–Team Dimension Data
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
Young rider classification (2011)
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2008)
Tour de Romandie (2009)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2016)
Amstel Gold Race (2013)

His father, Roman Kreuziger Sr., was also a bicycle racer who won the Tour of Austria in 1991 and the Cyclocross Junior World Championships in 1983.

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CareerEdit

Liquigas (2006–2010)Edit

He turned professional in 2006 with Liquigas after a successful amateur career which saw him win the Junior Road World Championships in 2004 and a stage of the Giro delle Regioni in 2005. In 2007 he showed great improvements in his abilities by placing second in the prologues of Paris–Nice and the Tour de Romandie, where he also finished sixth overall. He took his first professional victory in the second stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. In late 2007, he also completed his first Grand Tour after finishing 21st in the Vuelta a España.

In 2008 he finished second in the Tour de Romandie, 35 seconds behind Andreas Klöden, one of the world's leading riders. He avenged his loss by winning the Tour de Suisse by finishing 49 seconds ahead of Klöden and winning the mountain time trial to Klausen Pass. In his first Tour de France, he proved himself as an excellent climber among the world's greats, eventually finishing second in the youth competition, and 12th overall. After the Tour, Kreuziger was known to be one of the future riders to potentially win grand tours.

In 2009 he got back to the Tour de Romandie and finally succeeded in his attempt to win the race, getting also one stage victory. He added to this success by finishing in ninth place in the Tour de France.

In 2010 he won the Giro di Sardegna, finished third in Paris-Nice. Kreuziger's 9th overall in the Tour de France was a disappointment because it wasn't much of an improvement from his 9th-place finish in the 2009 Tour (Though he would move into 8th after the Alberto Contador's stripped title). He then made the move from Liquigas–Doimo to Astana after five seasons with the Italian team.[5]

Astana (2011–2012)Edit

 
Kreuziger at the 2011 Tour de France

In 2011 Kreuziger won the mountains classification and a stage in the Giro del Trentino. He achieved a 4th-place finish in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège by winning the sprint of the chasing group, almost half-a-minute behind winner Philippe Gilbert.[6] He then aimed for the Giro d'Italia. Kreuziger didn't quite have the uphill strength that Contador, Nibali, and Scarponi had, causing him to miss out on the podium. He ended up finishing 5th overall and he also won the young rider's classification.[7]

In 2012 he finished third in the Tirreno-Adriatico.[8] He entered the 2012 Giro d'Italia leading Team Astana with Paolo Tiralongo. He won the mountainous stage 19 after a solo breakaway[9] but had a disappointing 15th overall finish.[10]

Team Saxo–Tinkoff (2013–2016)Edit

 
Kreuziger at the 2013 Tour de France

Kreuziger left Astana at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Saxo–Tinkoff on a three-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.[2] In April 2013 he won the Amstel Gold Race. He broke free of the lead group with 7 km (4.3 mi) to go and resisted the peloton's surge on the Cauberg, taking a solo triumph.[11] Kreuziger worked with doping doctor Michele Ferrari according to former teammate Leonardo Bertagnolli.[12] When asked about the allegations after the Amstel Gold Race, Kreuziger refused to comment on the ties, saying he would address the topic after the Tour de Romandie.[13] He did and he admitted working with Ferrari from the autumn of 2006 through 2007 but that he did not use banned drugs.[14] After the Amstel Gold Race, Kreuziger finished 3rd in the Tour de Suisse after aiming to win it.

Despite riding the 2013 Tour to support Alberto Contador, Kreuziger left the Pyrenees 5th overall. After putting a solid time trial on stage 17, Kreuziger moved into the top three, moving ahead of Laurens ten Dam and Bauke Mollema. Despite moving into a high finish with Alberto Contador, Kreuziger slipped down to 5th overall after losing ground to Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodríguez in the alps.

In 2014, Kreuziger started his season finishing 8th in the Tour of Oman. He rode the Tirreno Adriatico in support of Alberto Contador though he finished 3rd overall with Contador winning the race. After, he rode through the Aredennes classics finishing in the top ten in the Fleche Wallonne and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He then finished 8th the Tour de Suisse.

In June 2014 Tinkoff-Saxo announced that Kreuziger was being temporarily suspended from racing after the UCI questioned abnormalities in his biological passport. The UCI had originally highlighted the problems in his biological data for the 2011 and 2012 seasons through a letter in June 2013, which Kreuziger had responded to in October 2013, even though the values did not get out of the biological passport range which determines what values the gained cyclist samples ought to have. The UCI subsequently followed this up in May 2014. This prevented Kreuziger from riding the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne.[15] In August 2014 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by Kreuziger to allow him to start the 2014 Vuelta a España.[16] On 22 September, it was announced that the Czech Olympic Committee had cleared him of any anti-doping violation and that he was free to compete again.[17] The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in October 2014.[18] The case was dropped by both agencies on 5 June 2015.[19] Kreuziger took part in the 2015 Tour de France, finishing in 17th place.

Orica–Scott (2017–2018)Edit

In August 2016, Orica–Scott announced the 'game-changing signing' of Kreuziger on a 2-year contract, ending at the end of the 2018 season.[3]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2004
UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st   Road race
2nd   Time trial
National Junior Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
2nd   World Junior Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd   European Junior Cyclo-cross Championships
2005
2nd Overall Giro delle Regioni
1st Stage 3
8th Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
10th Overall Giro della Toscana
2006
9th Trofeo Città di Castelfidardo
9th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
2007
1st Trofeo Città di Borgomanero
6th Overall Settimana Lombarda
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 2
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
2008
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Tour of Missouri
1st   Mountains classification
10th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
2009
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
7th UCI World Ranking
8th Overall Tour de France
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2010
1st   Overall Giro di Sardegna
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st   Young rider classification
5th Amstel Gold Race
8th Overall Volta a Catalunya
9th Overall Tour de France
2011
Giro del Trentino
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification
2012
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
6th Strade Bianche
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Tour de Suisse
6th Overall Giro del Trentino
2013
1st Amstel Gold Race
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
5th Overall Tour de France
6th GP Miguel Indurain
2014
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Strade Bianche
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
8th Overall Tour of Oman
8th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
2015
1st Stage 6 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2016
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Overall Tour de France
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2017
1st Pro Ötztaler 5500
4th Road race, National Road Championships
2018
2nd Amstel Gold Race
4th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia 5 15 28 55
  Tour de France 12 8 7 112 5 17 10 24 IP
  Vuelta a España 21 61 28 DNF
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Paris–Nice 19 DNF DNF 3 17 19
  Tirreno–Adriatico 3 13 3 10 10 DNF 27
  Volta a Catalunya 8
  Tour of the Basque Country 10 18 17 30 33
  Tour de Romandie 6 2 1 DNF 63 6 30 35
  Critérium du Dauphiné 19 28
  Tour de Suisse 1 3 16 6 3 8 DNF 22

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Milan–San Remo 86 DNF 29 56 40
Tour of Flanders Did not contest during career
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 45 48 4 125 7 5 7 27 8 79
Giro di Lombardia 23 52 DNF 32 43
Classic 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Strade Bianche N/A 6 5 11 DNF 20
Amstel Gold Race 59 52 18 5 1 18 14 12 126 2 18
La Flèche Wallonne 39 50 51 91 17 8 11 11 72 4 DNF
Clásica de San Sebastián 20 2 DNF 3 13 22 63
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

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