Schumacher at the 2006 Tour de Pologne
|Full name||Stefan Schumacher|
July 21, 1981 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Current team||Christina Watches-Dana|
Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia
|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.
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.
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. 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 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.
At 19 February 2009, Schumacher was banned for two years by the UCI. In January 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) reduced Schumacher's ban, allowing him to ride again per August 2010.
In April 2009, Schumacher's name was raised in connection with a positive test for performance enhancing drugs at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Both his "A" and "B" samples tested positive for CERA at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Schumacher was disqualified after this positive test, and appealed against this at the CAS, but dropped his appeal in April 2010.
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. 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". He also said that his former team Gerolsteiner tolerated doping and it became as banal as "having a plate of pasta after training".
- 1st, U23 Competition, Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
- 1st, U23 Competition, Peace Race
- 1st, Overall, Druivenkoers Overijse
- 1st, Stage 6, Bayern-Rundfahrt
- 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
- 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
- 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, 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
- 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]
- 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)
- 1st, Stage 3 (ITT), Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
Notes and references
- Piepoli and Schumacher Tour de France samples positive for CERA
- Tour rocked by new positive tests BBC News Monday, 6 October 2008
- "UCI schorst (eindelijk) Stefan Schumacher" (in Dutch). Sportwereld. 19 February 2009.
- Schumacher will not appeal CAS decision, Cyclingnews
- Wilson, Stephen (July 8, 2009). "Backup samples positive for 5 Olympians". Associated Press.
- Schumacher srops appeal against Beijing-DQ, Cyclingnews
- Schumacher to Christina Watches, Cyclingnews
- "Schumacher confesses to doping". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- "'Like a Plate of Pasta After Training': German Cyclist Admits Years of Doping". Spiegel Online (Spiegel). 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- "New winners emerge from Contador's suspension". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 7 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- "Tour de San Luis (ARG), 23-29 Jan 2012 - General classification: San Luis — San Luis". Union Cycliste Internationale. Infostrada Sports. Retrieved 19 February 2012.