Andreas Klöden (born June 22, 1975 in Mittweida) is a German professional road bicycle racer who most recently rode for the UCI Pro Team Astana. After winning a bronze medal in the U23 World Time Trail Championships (1996) and 2 stages in the International Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt the following year as an amateur, he turned professional in 1998 with Team Deutsche Telekom (which was later named T-Mobile).
While he had some success his first two professional years, his impressive breakout year was in 2000 when he won the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, won the overall GC and stage 7 of Paris-Nice, won stage 7 in the Peace Race, won a Bronze Medal in the Olympic Road Race and came in 12th in the Olympic Time Trial. He has been consistently productive ever since.
His other major results include; German National Road Race Champion (2004), overall win Tirrenno-Adriatico (2007), overall win Tour de Romande (2008), 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place finishes in the Tour de France (2004, 2006, 2009 respectively [the 2006 finish was upgraded to 2nd with Floyd Landis’ exclusion]), an overall win at the Regio Tour (2006), overall win at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe (2007), 1st stage 5 and 3rd overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico and a 2nd overall in the Tour de Luxembourg both in 2009 as well as a stage win in the Team Time Trail at that year’s Tour de France.
At the 2005 Tour de France, Kloden was involved in one of the most heartbreaking finishes ever recorded. Attacking up the final climb in the Vosges Mountains he caught the breakaway leader at the summit, however on the descent he ended up losing the sprint finish in Geradmer by 9.6 millimeters or 0.0002 seconds (said to be the smallest margin in the history of the race). A good time trailer and climber, he is an all-round rider and serious podium threat in big stage races and grand tours.
Written by George Hurst