Bernhard Eisel

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Bernhard Eisel
Österreich-Rundfahrt 2013 Wien Bernhard Eisel.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bernhard Eisel
Nickname Bernie
Born (1981-02-17) 17 February 1981 (age 33)
Voitsberg, Austria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Road captain
Amateur team(s)
- Rinascita Ormelle
- Gli Amici Piave
Professional team(s)
2001–2002 Mapei-Quick Step
2003–2006 FDJeux.com
2007–2011 T-Mobile Team
2012– Team Sky[1]
Major wins
Vuelta a España, 1 Stage TTT
Tour de Suisse, 2 Stages
Volta ao Algarve, 4 Stages
Gent–Wevelgem (2010)
Paris–Bourges (2008)
Philadelphia International Championship (2007)
Infobox last updated on
6 June 2014

Bernhard Eisel (born 17 February 1981) is an Austrian professional road bicycling racer who currently rides for Team Sky.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Voitsberg, Eisel won his first race when he was 11 years old, since then he has won many races. When he was 17, he moved to Italy to race for the team Rinascita Ormelle, based in Treviso. After that he moved to Gli Amici Piave, the team of Moreno Argentin. In 2001 he joined the team Mapei-Quick Step and became a professional cyclist, from 2003 on he joined FDJeux.com.

In 2007, Eisel changed to T-Mobile Team. Eisel enjoyed a successful first season with his main victory coming on Stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve. Eisel established himself as the right-hand man of sprinter and team mate Mark Cavendish, protecting him throughout the flats and mountain stages[3] and forming part of the HTC lead out train that saw Cavendish take many notable victories in the Tour de France and other races. Eisel also had opportunities to ride for himself, mainly in the classics. He won Paris–Bourges in 2008 and Gent–Wevelgem in 2010, and in 2011, Eisel recorded his best placing in a monument by finishing seventh in Paris–Roubaix.

Following the announcement that HTC-Highroad would fold at the end of 2011, Eisel joined Mark Cavendish in moving to Team Sky.[1] After Cavendish announced he would cut his three year deal with the team short to move to Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Eisel announced he would stay with Team Sky until the end of the 2015 season.[4]

Career highlights[edit]

2002
1st Radclassic-Gleisdorf
2nd Overall Paris–Corrèze
2003
1st Stage 4 Tour du Limousin
3rd Overall GP Erik Breukink
1st Stage 2
7th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2004
1st Stage 3, Criterium des Espoirs
1st Bad Ischl
5th Scheldeprijs
2005
Volta ao Algarve
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Points Classification
1st Stage 1 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4 Gran Prémio Internacional da Costa Azul
2006
1st Stage 4 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Grazer Altstadt Kriterium
1st Mayrhofen Europa-Kriterium
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 2a
5th Paris–Roubaix
7th Gent-Wevelgem
2007
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Lancaster Classic
1st Reading Classic
1st Linz criterium
3rd Philadelphia International Championship
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
8th Trofeo Palma
2008
1st Stage 5 Volta ao Algarve
1st Paris–Bourges
3rd Reading Classic
4th Philadelphia International Championship
6th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
2009
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse
1st Welser Sparkassen Innenstadt-Kriterium
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd National Road Race Championships
9th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
2010
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Stage 1 TTT Vuelta a España
7th Paris-Bourges
8th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
9th Paris-Tours
2011
7th Paris–Roubaix
7th Gent–Wevelgem
8th Overall Tour of Qatar
2012
3rd E3 Harelbeke
2013
5th Overall Tour of Qatar
7th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Milan – San Remo
2014
1st Bischofhofen Criterium

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 63  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  — 152  — 138
Yellow jersey Tour 131 143 107 121 144 150 148 155 160 146  —
red jersey Vuelta  — WD WD  —  —  —  — WD  —  —  —

WD – Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cavendish, Eisel join Team Sky". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Team Sky (SKY) – GBR". UCI World Tour (Union Cycliste Internationale). Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ McGrath, Andy (11 October 2011). "Eisel follows Cavendish to Team Sky". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eisel extends with Sky until 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Future Publishing Limited. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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