German cyclist who entered the international bicycling limelight when he won eight person stages on the 2013 and 2014 Travels de France. He is a prominent person in the Large Shimano racing group. As an beginner, he rode using the Thuringer Energie Group from 2007 to 2010. He was a vocal critic of Lance Armstrong following disgraced cyclist’s doping scandal. His dad was also a cyclist. He and Belgium’s Jan Bakelants both gained individual stages on the 2013 Tour de France.