Former professional cyclist from Germany who received a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics. He completed as the runner-up at both 2004 and 2006 Tour de France. He was created in Mittweida and completed third in the Under-23 Globe Period Trial Championships in 1996. He dropped the Tour de France name to Pieter Weening by the tiniest margin ever sold, 0.0002 mere seconds. He cited his desire to invest more time along with his wife and daughters as his reason behind his pension from cycling in 2013. He and Chris Horner both raced for Group Radioshack throughout their careers.