Kessler at the Rund um den Henninger Turm 2005
|Full name||Matthias Kessler|
May 16, 1979 |
Kessler debuted as a pro during the 2000 season after becoming German under 23 champion in 1999, a year in which he also took the bronze medal in the under 23 cycling world championships. Despite the fact that he has only 3 wins in his palmarès, which includes two consecutive victories at the Gran Premio Miguel Induráin and LUK-Cup of 2003, he is seen as an outsider for the Ardennes classic races.
In Grand Tours, Kessler won Stage 3 of the 2006 Tour de France in a late breakaway. The previous day on Stage 2, he was caught by the peloton less than 50 meters from the finish line. He had to abandon the 2004 Tour de France after a serious and spectacular fall caused him severe injuries, even though he managed to end the stage. In the 2005 Tour de France, he was part of the T-Mobile line-up and almost got a win at Mende.
Kessler is known for riding with his jersey open and also for wearing an undershirt intentionally torn for better cooling. In January 2010, he had a collision with a cat while on a training ride in Mallorca, Spain, and was left in a critical condition with severe head injuries.
On June 27, 2007, Kessler was suspended by Astana for failing a drugs test for testosterone taken in Charleroi in April 2007. He was fired from the team on July 13. Later named as a recipient of a blood transfusion at the University of Frieburg along with teammates Andreas Kloden and Patrick Sinkewitz during the 2006 Tour de France.
- (U23) Germany National Road Race Champion
- 6th – Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 2nd overall – Giro del Piemonte
- 2nd overall – Luk-Cup Bühl
- 5th – Amstel Gold Race
- Luk-Cup Bühl
- GP Miguel Indurain
- 3rd – La Flèche Wallonne
- 6th – Amstel Gold Race
- GP Miguel Indurain
- 2006 – T-Mobile Team
- Stage 3 – Tour de France
- 10th – La Flèche Wallonne
- Kessler in critical condition after Mallorca crash
- "Pro Tour 2007 - Kessler fails dope test". Eurosport. 2007-06-27. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
- "Astana fires Kessler after B sample returns positive". USA Today. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
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