Olaf Ludwig

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Olaf Ludwig
Olaf.jpg
Ludwig in 2002
Personal information
Full nameOlaf Ludwig
Born (1960-04-13) 13 April 1960 (age 59)
Gera, Bezirk Gera, East Germany
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
1979–1989SG Wismut Gera
Professional team(s)
1990–1992Panasonic
1993–1997Team Telekom
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Points classification (1990)
2 individual stages
(1990, 1992)

Stage races

Peace Race (1982, 1986)

One-day races and Classics

Amstel Gold Race (1992)
E3 Harelbeke (1991)
Rund um den Henninger Turm (1994)

Olaf Ludwig (born 13 April 1960 in Gera, Bezirk Gera) is a former German racing cyclist. His career began at the SG Dynamo Gera / Sportvereinigung (SV) Dynamo.[1] As an East German, he raced as an amateur until reunification of Germany allowed him to become professional with Panasonic team. As a sprinter, the highlight of his career was winning the points classification in the 1990 Tour de France. Other highlights include the Olympic road race in Seoul in 1988, a record 38 stage victories in the Peace Race, winning the Amstel Gold Race in 1992, and podium placings in the Paris–Roubaix. He also won the 1992 UCI Road World Cup. His sprinting rivals included Mario Cipollini, Wilfried Nelissen and Djamolidine Abdoujaparov.

In 1993 he joined Team Telekom, later T-Mobile Team. On retirement in 1996 he took up public relations for the team. He subsequently became principal team manager, but his involvement with the team finished at the end of 2006.

Major results[edit]

1978
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1981
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
1982
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Peace Race
1983
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1986
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Peace Race
1988
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Road race, Olympic Games
1990
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 8
Tour de Trump
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st, Stage 1, 2 & 9
1991
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
9th UCI Road World Rankings
1992
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st UCI Road World Cup
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Stage 21 Tour de France
2nd Paris–Roubaix
5th UCI Road World Rankings
1994
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
1995
1st Veenendaal–Veenendaal
1996
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucia
3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 1
3rd Omloop Het Volk
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
8th Rund um den Henninger Turm

Books[edit]

Olaf Ludwig: Höllenritt auf der Himmelsleiter. Etappen meines Lebens. Herausgegeben von Helmut Wengel. RhinoVerlag, Arnstadt & Weimar 1997, ISBN 3-932081-18-8 (german)

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jens Weißflog
East German Sportsman of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Torsten Voss
Preceded by
Torsten Voss
East German Sportsman of the Year
1988
Succeeded by
Andreas Wecker