Rolf Aldag, individual time trial Tour de France 2003
|Full name||Rolf Aldag|
August 25, 1968 |
|National Champion (2000)|
|Infobox last updated on
July 8, 2009
Rolf Aldag (born 25 August 1968 in Beckum, Germany) is a former professional road bicycle racer who rode for Team Telekom from 1993 to 2005. He raced in 10 Tour de France, 1 Giro d'Italia and 5 Vuelta a España. Prior to joining Telekom, he raced with Helvetia.
His career highlights include third stage place in both the 1994 and 1995 Tour de France, a stage win in the Tour de Limousin in 1996, a stage win in the Tour de Suisse 1997, overall win of the Bayern-Rundfahrt in 1999, a stage win in the Deutschland Tour 1999, being the German road Champion in 2000, a stage win Deutschland Tour 2001, a stage win in the Bayern-Rundfahrt 2002, a 2nd stage place in the 2003 Tour de France, winner of the Sparkassen-Giro Bochum in 2003, and winner of the Sparkassen Cup Unna in 2003.
Aldag featured in the film Hell on Wheels concerning the 2003 Tour de France.
In "retirement", Aldag has set a goal of competing in Ironman triathlons. His first training goal was to complete a marathon in 2 hours 40 minutes. He finished the Hamburg marathon in April 2006 with a time of 2 hours 42 minutes. He went on to finish the 2006 Ironman Lanzarote triathlon in the Canary Islands in 50th place of 825 finishers with a total time of 10:22:14 (swim 1:23:18, bike 5:18:05, run 3:27:56).
On 24 May 2007 Aldag together with former Team Telekom team mate and personal friend Erik Zabel admitted having used Erythropoietin (EPO) from 1995 to 1999. Aldag also publicly apologized for having lied about his use of EPO in the past. His confession was triggered by accusations of former Team Telekom masseur Jef d'Hont from Belgium. In his book, of which excerpts where printed in the German political magazine Der Spiegel in April 2007, D'Hont accused members of Team Telekom of systematic and organized doping with EPO in the mid-1990s.
- Westemeyer, Susan (2007-05-24). "Zabel and Aldag confess EPO usage". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- Masseur wirft Team Telekom systematisches Doping vor Der Spiegel, 28 April 2007 (German)