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Report: Cyclist Erik Zabel retires

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Top German cyclist Erik Zabel announced his retirement Friday, ending a 16-year career, the BBC in London reported.

Hushovd wins Tour de France Stage 2

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Norwegian cyclist Thor Hushovd sprinted to the finish line Sunday winning Stage 2 of the 2008 Tour de France.

Boonen sprint takes Tour de France stage

CASTRES, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen won a sprint to the tape Friday and collected the victory at Stage 12 of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen retained the overall race lead. Boonen, who also won last Friday's Tour de France Stage 6, completed the 111.5-mile route from Mon

Boonen's kick worth Tour stage win

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, July 13 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen finished first in a sprint to the finish Friday, winning the 125-mile Tour de France sixth stage, and Fabian Cancellara held onto his overall lead.

Cancellara takes Tour de France 3rd stage

COMPIEGNE, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Fabian Cancellara Tuesday won the longest stage of the 2007 Tour de France and increased his overall lead in the race to 33 seconds.

2 more German cyclists admit using EPO

BERLIN, May 24 (UPI) -- One of Germany's greatest cyclists admitted Thursday that he briefly used a banned blood boosting substance in the 1990s.

Freire wins ninth stage of Tour de France

DAX, France, July 11 (UPI) -- The 2006 Tour de France resumed after a day's rest with Oscar Freier of Spain taking the ninth stage from Bordeaux to Dax, France. Freier sprinted to the finish the 170-kilometer stage in three hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds to win his second stage of t

Tour de France riders go for Olympic gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Less than a month after the conclusion of the Tour de France, many of that event's top performers will compete Saturday in the Olympic road race.

Armstrong unscathed in fall

ANGERS, France, July 9 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen of Belgium won the sixth stage of the Tour de France Friday while Lance Armstrong was among a host of riders who hit the pavement.

Nazon wins third stage of Tour de France

WASQUEHAL, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Frenchman Jean-Patrick Nazon won a sprint finish Tuesday to claim the third stage of the Tour de France.

Armstrong still leads Tour de France

BORDEAUX, France, July 24 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong finished with the peleton Thursday and retained the overall lead after Stage 17 of the Tour de France.

Final Tour de France Standings

PARIS, July 28 (UPI) -- Final results of the 2002 Tour de France:

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Armstrong wins 19th stage to widen lead

MACON, France, July 27 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong emphatically enhanced his reputation as the king of international cycling Saturday by recording a one-sided victory in the next-to-last stage of

Armstrong loses time in fall

AVRANCHES, France, July 13 (UPI) -- Australian Brad McGee won Saturday's stage of the Tour de France, an achievement overshadowed by a fall suffered by three-time defending champion Lance Armstron
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Erik Zabel (born July 7, 1970 in East Berlin) is a former German professional road bicycle racer who last raced for UCI ProTour Team Milram. With over 200 professional career wins he is considered by some to be one of the greatest German cyclists and best cycling sprinters of cycling history. Zabel won a record nine points classification titles at Grand Tours including wearing the final green jersey in the Tour de France a record six consecutive years between 1996 through 2001 and the points jersey at the Vuelta a España in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Beyond his Grand Tours accomplishments, Zabel won the Classic race Milan-Sanremo four times and numerous six-day track cycling events.

Zabel grew up in East Berlin. After good results as an amateur cyclist, he became a professional in 1992 for a small German team. In 1993 he changed teams to Team Telekom (later the T-Mobile Team). There he became a good sprinter. His biggest strength was his all-round ability: whereas specialist sprinters such as Mario Cipollini would leave the big stage races before the mountain stages, Erik Zabel could climb reasonably well. This meant that, apart from being able to take the yellow jersey (maillot jaune) in the Tour de France thanks to the time bonuses, he could pick up further victories in latter stages, when other sprinters had retired, and take the green jersey (maillot vert) to Paris. One of his most memorable victories in securing the green jersey was in the 2001 Tour de France when his competition with Australian Stuart O'Grady continued all the way to the final stage in Paris, where Zabel's better placing finally took the green jersey off O'Grady's shoulders. However, in later seasons he was beaten by Australian Robbie McEwen in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and Baden Cooke in 2003.

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