Stefan Schumacher

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Stefan Schumacher
Stefan Schumacher.jpg
Schumacher at the 2006 Tour de Pologne
Personal information
Full name Stefan Schumacher
Born (1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 33)
Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Christina Watches-Dana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder/Time-trialist
Amateur team(s)
2001 Telekom-Jan Ullrich
Professional team(s)
2002–2003
2004
2005
2006–2008
2010–2011
2012–
Team Telekom
Team Lamonta
Shimano-Memory Corp
Gerolsteiner
Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia
Christina Watches-Onfone
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages

Stage races

Eneco Tour (2006)
Tour de Serbie (2012)
Tour of China II (2012)

One-day races and Classics

Amstel Gold Race (2007)
Infobox last updated on
12 May 2014

Stefan Schumacher (born July 21, 1981) is a German professional road racing cyclist. Schumacher won the bronze medal in the 2007 Road Race World Championship, two stages in the 2006 Giro d'Italia and two stages in the 2008 Tour de France. After positive results on doping products in the 2008 Tour de France and the 2008 Summer Olympics, he received a suspension for two years, later reduced by some months. After his suspension, he came back as a professional cyclist.

Career[edit]

First professionally employed with Team Telekom in 2002, he was released the following year. In 2006, he made his UCI ProTour debut with Team Gerolsteiner after posting impressive continental circuits results on the UCI Europe Tour.

Schumacher has been involved in a series of controversial incidents during his career. He was implicated in a doping case in 2005 when he tested positive for an amphetamine. His mother, a doctor, had prescribed an asthma medication after failing to find it on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances, and checking with the appropriate Dutch agency. He was cleared by the German cycling federation of a doping offence.

In 2006 Schumacher, now riding for Gerolsteiner, won the Eneco Tour of Benelux by one second after colliding with his main rival George Hincapie in the closing metres of the final stage, when time bonuses were available for the leading finishers. Schumacher claimed he had collided first with a spectator and the race jury accepted his story.

Following his third place in the 2007 world championships in his home town of Stuttgart, Schumacher was arrested for drunken driving. Four months later he revealed that the blood test taken at the time of his arrest had shown traces of amphetamines, whilst denying that he had knowingly taken drugs or had any knowledge of how the positive test had come about. Since a rule change in 2004 amphetamines were no longer on the WADA's out-of-competition banned list; as a result the German federation again exonerated him.

In the 2008 Tour de France, Schumacher, riding as leader of Gerolsteiner, won both time trials, beating Swiss favorite Fabian Cancellara, and took the yellow jersey of race leader after the first. After Gerolsteiner was announced to be folding, Schumacher signed a two-year contract with Quick Step.[1]

On October 6, 2008, the media reported that Schumacher had tested positive for the controlled substance CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator), a new generation of EPO, in a blood sample taken during the 2008 Tour de France.[2] CERA was also the drug for which Italian cyclists Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli tested positive during the Tour de France. The German cycling federation is likely to take disciplinary action[3] Schumacher continues to assert his innocence, believed he was eligible to ride in the 2009 season, and was at time still officially under contract with Quick Step, though Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevre has said Schumacher's contract would not be honored.[4]

At 19 February 2009, Schumacher was banned for two years by the UCI.[5] In January 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) reduced Schumacher's ban, allowing him to ride again per August 2010.[6]

In April 2009, Schumacher's name was raised in connection with a positive test for performance enhancing drugs at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[7] Both his "A" and "B" samples tested positive for CERA at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[8] Schumacher was disqualified after this positive test, and appealed against this at the CAS, but dropped his appeal in April 2010.[9]

Schumacher's ban ended in August 2010. He came back to ride for the Miche team, and joined Christina Watches-Onfone for the 2012 season.[10] In March 2013, Schumacher confessed to doping in an interview with the news magazine Der Spiegel. He stated he started doping in his mid-twenties and used "EPO, growth hormone and corticosteroids".[11] He also said that his former team Gerolsteiner tolerated doping and it became as banal as "having a plate of pasta after training".[12]

Palmarès[edit]

2002
1st, U23 Competition, Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
1st, U23 Competition, Peace Race
2004
1st, Overall, Druivenkoers Overijse
1st, Stage 6, Bayern-Rundfahrt
2005
1st, Overall, Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st, Stages 1, 2, 3 & 4b
1st, Overall, Ster Elektrotour
1st, Overall, Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
2nd, Overall, Rund um Köln
2nd, Overall, Hel van het Mergelland
2006
1st, Overall, Tour de Pologne
1st, Stages 6 & 7
1st, Overall, Eneco Tour of Benelux
1st, Prologue
1st, Stages 3 & 18, Giro d'Italia (2 days in Maglia rosa General classification leader's jersey)
1st, Overall, Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
1st, Stage 4, Sachsen-Tour International
2007
1st, Overall, Bayern-Rundfahrt (and time trial stage win)
1st, Amstel Gold Race
3rd (Bronze), UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race
4th Overall, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st, Stage 5 (ITT)`
2011
1st, Stages 1 & 2b, Vuelta a Asturias
1st, Prologue & Stage 5, Azerbaijan International Cycling Tour
3rd, GP Kanton Aargau
8th Overall, Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2012
1st Overall, Tour of China II
1st, Prologue & Stage 4 (ITT)
1st Overall, Tour de Serbie
1st, Stage 3
2nd Overall, Tour of China I
3rd Overall, Tour de San Luis[N 1]
2013
3rd, National Time Trial Championships
3rd Overall, Tour d'Algérie
1st, Stage 1
3rd Overall, Tour of Estonia
5th Overall, Tour de Blida
6th Overall, Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Overall, Sibiu Cycling Tour
1st, Stage 3a (ITT)
2014
1st, Stage 3 (ITT), Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Promoted one position after Alberto Contador's results were disqualified following his backdated two-year ban in February 2012.[13][14]
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