Sebastian Lang

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 43)
Sonneberg, Germany
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime trialist
Professional teams
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

2000
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2001
2nd   Time trial, Under–23 World Road Championships
2002
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Stages 1 & 4
2003
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Karlsruheversicherungs GP
2nd Overall Tour of Rhodes
1st Prologue
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2004
1st Overall Hessen Rundfahrt
1st Stage 4
1st Young rider classification
3rd Chrono des Nations
2005
1st Stage 5 Hessen Rundfahrt
8th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2006
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st LuK Challenge Chrono (Time trial with Markus Fothen)
1st Overall 3-Länder-Tour
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2007
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2008
Tour de France
Held   King of the Mountains after Stages 12–14,
  Combativity award Stage 9

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
  Giro d'Italia 71 56
  Tour de France 78 65 65 73 76 80 113
  Vuelta a España 79 77
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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.
  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