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Sebastian Lang (born 15 September 1979, in Sonneberg) is a former German professional road bicycle racer and time trialist, who rode as a professional between 2002 and 2011. He rode on Gerolsteiner from 2002 until its demise in 2008, and in 2006 became Germany's national time trial champion.

Sebastian Lang
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Personal information
Full nameSebastian Lang
Born (1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 39)
Sonneberg, Germany
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime Trialist
Professional team(s)
2002–2008Gerolsteiner
2009–2011Silence–Lotto
Major wins
3-Länder-Tour (2006)
MaillotAlemania.PNG National Time Trial Champion (2006)
Hessen-Rundfahrt (2004)
Danmark Rundt (2003)
Karlsruheversicherungs GP (2003)

In the 2008 Tour de France, on stage 9, Lang broke from the peloton 22 kilometers into the stage. He shook off his two breakaway companions on the category 1 col de Peyresourde, with another big difficulty to come, the col d'Aspin. He was passed on the latter by Riccardo Ricco, who would win the stage[1] only be excluded from the Tour later on for a positive test to the blood booster CERA.[2] With his long break, Lang earned the most combative award for the stage,[3] and raked in points for the best climber jersey, which he would wear from stages 12 to 14.

In 2011, Lang started and finished all three Grand Tours for Omega Pharma–Lotto, only the 31st rider to achieve this feat. He retired at the end of that season, aged 32.[4]

Major resultsEdit

2002
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Stages 1 & 4
2003
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Karlsruheversicherungs GP
1st Prologue Tour of Rhodes
2004
1st Overall Hessen Rundfahrt
1st Stage 4
1st Best Young Rider
3rd Chrono des Nations
2005
1st Stage 5 Hessen Rundfahrt
8th UCI World Championships, time trial
2006
1st   National Time Trial Cycling Champion
1st LuK Challenge Chrono Time Trial Duo (with Markus Fothen)
1st Overall 3-Länder-Tour
1st Stage 3
5th UCI World Championships, time trial
2007
5th UCI World Championships, time trial
2008
Held   King of the Mountains after Stages 12–14, Tour de France
  Combative rider for Stage 9, Tour de France

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ricco Rockets Ahead To Second Stage Victory". www.letour.fr. 13 July 2008. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Tour de France tainted by third drug scandal". CNN. 2009 Cable News Network. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Tour de France 2008 – Stage 9 (Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre)". Meanderings along the narrow way. WordPress. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  4. ^ Wilcockson, John (7 November 2011). "Inside Cycling with John Wilcockson: This year's retirees just faded away". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 5 January 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sebastian Lang at Wikimedia Commons