Retired professional cyclist who, during the period of his 13 year riding career, became the very first American to win a stage of most 3 Grand Tours, although later on admissions of drug make use of led to the disqualification of his results and lack of his yellowish jersey. He produced his professional bicycling debut in 1999, just 2 yrs after he graduated senior high school. He gained the U23 US Country wide Period Trial Championships and Grand Prix des Countries. He became just as much known for his character as his race, as evidenced by his type of chamosis cream (utilized to avoid chafing) known as DZNUTS. He also founded a nonprofit called Yield alive focused on cyclist basic safety. He wedded Randi Reich in 2005. He and Thor Hushovd competed jointly on the 2011 Tour of California.