Allan Peiper

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Allan Bruce Peiper
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Peiper in 2009
Personal information
Full nameAllan Bruce Peiper
Born (1960-04-26) 26 April 1960 (age 58)
Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleLead DS - Sportdirector
Rider typeClassics / Time Trial
Amateur team(s)
1980-81Kleber Hawthorn
1982ACBB
Professional team(s)
1983-1985Peugeot–Shell–Michelin
1986–1990Panasonic–Merckx–Agu
1991–1992Tulip Computers
Managerial team(s)
2005–2006Davitamon–Lotto
2007–2010T-Mobile Team
2011–2012Garmin–Barracuda
2013–2018BMC Racing Team
2019UAE Team Emirates

Allan Peiper (born 26 April 1960) Alexandra, Victoria, is a retired Australian professional cyclist.

He began cycling at 12 years of age, competing on both road and track, with success. Selected for the Australian team, at the 1977 Junior World Championships in Vienna, Austria. The 16 year old Peiper, then went to race in Belgium. He stayed for the next three years. Winning races, as a junior, then amateur, hardened a mindset & reputation, that remains to this day.Intense racing and travelling, eventually, took its toll on his health. In late 1979, following an illness, he returned to Australia, to recover. He didn't race again, until late 1980.

A key figure in Peiper's recovery, and return to top level racing, was Peter Brotherton a former British Olympic cyclist (he settled in Melbourne, after the 1956 Summer Olympics) who was building frames & helping riders with training advice. A highly successful return to racing in 1981, winning often, and the Dulux Tour of New Zealand, gave Peiper, the chance to return to Europe in 1982, with the ACBB amateur team, based in Paris, France.

The 1982 season with ACBB, was successful. Winning 14 races, amateur classics, and the prestigious Grand Prix des Nations TT. This earned him a professional contract with Peugeot for 1983. In 10 years, he rode the Tour de France five times, the Giro d'Italia four times & the Vuelta a España once (10 Grand Tours). In his career, Peiper raced with 3 Professional Cycling teams: Peugeot, Panasonic and Tulip Computers, winning more than 35 races, including stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Allan now resides in Belgium. After six years working with BMC Racing Team, the team disbanded at the end of the 2018 season. In 2019, Allan, will be working with UAE Team Emirates as Lead DS.

Amateur career[edit]

1972–77: Australia[edit]

Beginning to race in the local club cycle races, he soon progressed to open road races, and following success, he was often selected* for the state cycling team of Victoria at various Australian Cycling Championships. *(In the early years, you could only compete in Australian Cycling Championships, if selected by the rider's state of residence. Nowadays, riders, can enter state or national championships, without restriction). State Championship wins on the road, and in the pursuit, followed quickly by the Oceania Cycling Championships, where, Peiper cleaned up in the Junior category. He was selected for the Junior World Cycling Championships in Vienna, Austria, where, he placed 3rd in the Junior Points race.

1977–79: Belgium[edit]

At 16 years of age, Peiper (after the World Junior Cycling Championships) in Austria travelled to Ghent, Belgium, to live and race in the daily Kermiskoersen. In that first season (1977) in Flanders, he won one race, but finished second 39 times.[1] He had been living in a small butchers shop, in Ghent, with several other cyclists, before befriending Eddy Planckaert and being invited to live with the Planckaert family, in Nevele. The following year (1978) he returned to the World Junior Cycling Championships held in Washington, USA, where he competed in the road race, and came second in the points race.[2] Returning to Belgium, he continued to race, winning another 10 races, and placing second, a further 25 times. Peiper, was a "professional junior" until the middle of 1979, when, following a bout of ill health, he returned to Australia, to recover.

1980–81: Australia[edit]

It was not until November 1980, that Peiper, had recovered enough to began racing again. He was helped and mentored, in his recovery by Peter Brotherton a former Olympic cyclist, (who competed in the individual pursuit) for Great Britain. In 1981 Peiper, raced mainly in Australia and New Zealand, where he won the Dulux Tour of the North Island. This earned an invitation to join the famous ACBB amateur cycling team, based in Paris, France, for 1982.

1982: ACBB[edit]

The Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB) cycling team, had a ruthless reputation and culture, where riders were expected to win. If they did not, they were soon discarded. Previous English-speaking cyclists (who raced with the team) include Paul Sherwen, Graham Jones, Robert Millar, Phil Anderson, Stephen Roche and Sean Yates.
By the September, Peiper, had won 14 races, including several classics, and the prestigious GP des Nations time trial.[3] The Commonwealth Games were to be held in Brisbane in late September 1982. Cycling Australia would not consider Peiper, for the national cycling team, as he had not raced any Australian selection events.
That was the end of Peiper's amateur career. He was to become a professional cyclist, with Peugeot in 1983.

Professional career[edit]

1983–1985: Peugeot[edit]

Peiper made his professional cycling debut in the traditional early season races based around the South of France.

In his second year (1984) Peiper began to win more races. Many cycle stage races, begin with a short time trial (called a prologue). This determines the first race leader, and these intense, time trial efforts, were something of a "trade mark" of Peiper. By winning the opening race prologue, the rider also leads the race overall, gains the race leader's jersey, and receives considerable publicity for himself and the cycling team. In 1984, Peiper won 3 prologues at: Étoile de Bessèges, Tour de l'Oise & the Critérium du Dauphiné. He also won the Tour of Sweden stage race, by winning the final time trial. Peiper made his debut in the 1984 Tour de France by placing 3rd in the opening prologue. On the opening road stage, he again, placed 3rd. Second place, would have given him the race lead and the yellow jersey. He also led the best young rider classification "White Jersey" competition. Peiper, finished his debut Tour de France in 95th position.

1986–1990: Panasonic[edit]

After three seasons, racing with Peugeot, Peiper joined the Dutch Panasonic team, managed by Peter Post.

The Spring Classics of 1987, were a turning point for Peiper. Intensive training[4] began to show results. He was in the race winning moves at Het Volk,[5] Milan–San Remo,[6] E3 Prijs,[7] Driedaagse de Panne,[8] Ronde van Vlaanderen,[9] Gent–Wevelgem.[10] He also started, but did not finish Paris–Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. A block of April races, that would be unlikely to occur (with one rider) nowadays.

In 1988, the World Road Championship, was held in Ronse, Belgium. The race was decided, from a select 13 man group (including Peiper), who started the last lap together. Claude Criquelion attacked, quickly caught by Maurizio Fondriest, with Steve Bauer and Martial Gayant chasing behind. Peiper was next, in turn, being chased down by seven riders, including Laurent Fignon. At the finish, Criquelion & Bauer collided[11] Fondriest won the race. Peiper, was caught and passed, within the last 100m, by the chasing group. He finished 10th[12]

1992: Tulip Computers[edit]

Professional Career Wins[edit]

Major Results
No: Date Race Details Country Distance Time Speed Team
1 29.06.1983 Great Yorkshire Classic [13] Harrogate Criterium Great Britain 50.00 km  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
2 09.02.1984 Etoile de Bessèges [14] Prologue TT Salles du Gardon France 1.95 km 02 min 48.51 seconds 41.78 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
3 18.05.1984 Tour de l'Oise [14] Prologue TT Senlis France 3.10 km 03 min 54.82 seconds 47.69 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
4 20.05.1984 Tour de l'Oise [15] General Classification France 440.10 km 11 hr 36 min 38 seconds 37.90 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
5 28.05.1984 Critérium du Dauphiné [16] Prologue TT Villeurbanne France 3.30 km 04 min 12.01 seconds 47.14 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
6 20.06.1984 Tour of Sweden [17] Stage 8b TT Motala-Östergötland Sweden 16.20 km 20 min 49.01 seconds 46.69 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
7 20.06.1984 Tour of Sweden [18] General Classification Sweden 1,347.40 km 31 hrs 12 min 09 seconds 43.18 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
8 10.09.1984 Kellogg's Criterium [19] Birmingham Great Britain 50.00 km  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
9 03.03.1985 Paris-Nice [20] Prologue TT Nanterre France 6.40 km 08 min 13.35 seconds 46.73 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
10 17.05.1985 Tour de l'Oise [21] Prologue TT Senlis France 3.10 km 03 min 56.46 seconds 47.20 km/h  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
11 16.08.1985 Kellogg's Criterium [22] Nottingham Great Britain 50.00 km  Peugeot Shell Michelin (FRA)
12 16.08.1986 Ronde van België [23] Stage 4a Rochefort-Spa Belgium 100.60 km 02 hr 37 min 08 seconds 38.590 km/h  Panasonic (NED)
13 01.09.1986 Kellogg's Start Championship [24] Birmingham Great Britain 42.00 km 59 min 55 seconds 42.070 km/h  Panasonic (NED)
14 27.09.1986 Grote Prijs Raymond Impanis [25] Haacht, Sint Niklaas Belgium 216.00 km 04 hr 39 min 00 seconds 46.451 km/h  Panasonic (NED)
15 09.10.1986 Grote Prijs Zwevezele [26] West Flanders Belgium 136.00 km 03 hr 12 min 00 seconds 42.500 km/h  Panasonic (NED)
16 19.10.1986 Herald Sun Tour [27] Stage 2a Castlemaine-Avoca Australia  Panasonic (NED)
17 22.10.1986 Herald Sun Tour [28] Stage 5a Cobram-Beechworth Australia  Panasonic (NED)
18 25.10.1986 Herald Sun Tour [29] Stage 8 Moe-Hastings Australia  Panasonic (NED)
19 29.10.1986 Grand Prix Brisbane [30] CBD Criterium Australia 100.00 km  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
20 12.08.1987 Kelloggs Tour of Britain [31] Stage 1 Edinburgh-Newcastle upon Tyne Great Britain 188.40 km 04 hr 49 min 30 seconds 39.046 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
21 25.08.1987 Grand Prix d'Isbergues [32] Pas de Calais France 215.00 km 05 hr 01 min 42 seconds 42.757 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
22 06.10.1987 Omloop van de Grensstreek [33] Baisieux - Templeuve Belgium 176.00 km 04 hr 27 min 00 seconds 39.550 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
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24 31.08.1988 Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen [34] Geraardsbergen Belgium 152.00 km 03 hr 39 min 00 seconds 41.643 kmh  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
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26 02.10.1988 Nissan Classic [35] Stage 5 Dublin - Dublin Ireland 131.20 km 03 hr 10 min 25 seconds 41.348 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
27 15.10.1988 Herald Sun Tour [36] Stage 1a Geelong Individual Time Trial Australia 14.00 km 22 min 25 seconds 37.421 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
28 20.10.1988 Herald Sun Tour [37] Stage 6b Bright - Mansfield Australia 154.00 km 03 hr 34 min 25 seconds 43.093 km/h  Panasonic Isostar (NED)
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32 31.05.1990 Giro d'Italia [38] Stage 14 Klagenfurt - Klagenfurt Austria 164.00 km 04 hr 26 min 26 seconds 40.588 km/h  Panasonic Sportlife (NED)
33 01.07.1990 Tour de France [39] Stage 2 Futuroscope Team Time Trial France 44.50 km 53 min 24 seconds 50.096 km/h  Panasonic Sportlife (NED)
34 03.09.1990 Omloop v/d Rozenstreek [40] Wetteren, Oost Vlaanderen Belgium 180.00 km 04 hr 07 min 00 seconds 43.731 km/h  Panasonic Sportlife (NED)
35 26.05.1991 Grote Prijs Malderen [41] Malderen, Brabant Belgium 195.00 km 04 hr 46 min 00 seconds 40.914 km/h  Tulip Computers (BEL)

Team management[edit]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Sidwells, Chris (2005). A Peiper's Tale A sporting biography of Allan Peiper. ISBN 1-874739-39-0.

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