Rick Zabel

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Rick Zabel
Rick Zabel 2018.jpg
Zabel (2018)
Personal information
Full nameRick Zabel
Born (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 24)
Unna, Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Team information
Current teamTeam Katusha–Alpecin
Rider typeClassics specialist[1]
Amateur team(s)
2012–2013Rabobank Continental Team
Professional team(s)
2014–2016BMC Racing Team
2017–Team Katusha–Alpecin

Rick Zabel (born 7 December 1993) is a road bicycle racer from Germany. The son of Erik Zabel and grandson to Detlef Zabel, Rick Zabel currently competes for the Team Katusha–Alpecin.[2]

Cycling career[edit]

Born in Unna, Zabel won the National Novice Track Championships in 2009, in the Madison event.[3] In 2010 he enjoyed more success in track events. 2011, at UCI Road World Championships Copenhagen, he was fifth in the road race in the juniors.

By summer of 2011 Zabel visited the Pierre-de-Coubertin sports gymnasium in Erfurt.[4] He left high school without a diploma, in order to sign his first professional contract with the Rabobank Continental Team for the 2012 season.[5] In 2012 he triumphed in the German road championship in the U23 class.[5][6] In 2013, Zabel won the under-23 Tour of Flanders, and won a stage at the Tour de Normandie.

For the 2014 season, Zabel turned professional with the BMC Racing Team.[7]

On 6 May 2015, Zabel was named in BMC's team for the 2015 Giro d'Italia, giving him his first Grand Tour start.[8] On 7 July 2015, his father's 45h birthday, Zabel celebrated his first victory as a professional, winning stage 3 of the Tour of Austria.[9]

In June 2017, he was named in the startlist for the 2017 Tour de France.[10]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotAlemania.PNG Madison, National Novice Track Championships
National Junior Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Points race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit
4th Overall Driedaagse van Axel
5th Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Ronde van Limburg
9th GP Raf Jonckheere
1st Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
1st Stage 5 Tour de Normandie
4th Overall Tour de Gironde
6th Paris–Tours Espoirs
7th La Côte Picarde
7th Münsterland Giro
8th Overall Olympia's Tour
10th Arno Wallaard Memorial
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
1st Stage 3 Tour of Austria
2nd Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
9th Paris–Bourges
10th Overall Dubai Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 142 140
A yellow jersey Tour de France 145 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ Fretz, Caley (5 February 2015). "A cobbled future for Zabel, son of the sprint king". VeloNews. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ "BMC Racing Team (BMC) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Thomas Schneider und Rick Zabel neue Deutsche Meister im Zweier Mannschaftsfahren der Jugend" (in German). Radrennen in Köln. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Rick Zabel träumt mit 17 schon von der Profikarriere". radsport-news.com (in German). 25 September 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Rabobank haalt zoon Erik Zabel". nu.nl (in Dutch). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Rick Zabel ist neuer U23-Meister". radsport-news.com (in German). 9 September 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Rick Zabel fährt ab 2014 für BMC". radsport-news.com (in German). 3 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Zabel-Sohn Rick vor erster großer Rundfahrt" (in German). Spiegel Online. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Rick Zabels erster Profi-Sieg: "Es war brutal schwer"" (in German). Kicker. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  10. ^ "2017: 104th Tour de France: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.

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