(born July 21, 1981 in Ostfildern
) is a German
professional road racing cyclist
First professionally employed with Team Telekom in 2002, he was released the following year. In 2006
, he made his UCI ProTour
debut with Team Gerolsteiner after posting impressive continental circuits results on the UCI Europe Tour.
Schumacher has been involved in a series of controversial incidents during his career. He was implicated in a doping case in 2005 when he tested positive for an amphetamine. His mother, a doctor, had prescribed an asthma medication after failing to find it on the World Anti-Doping Agency
's list of banned substances, and checking with the appropriate Dutch agency. He was cleared by the German cycling federation
of a doping offence.
In 2006 Schumacher, now riding for Team Gerolsteiner
, won the Eneco Tour of Benelux
by one second after colliding with his main rival George Hincapie
in the closing metres of the final stage, when time bonuses were available for the leading finishers. Schumacher claimed he had collided first with a spectator and the race jury accepted his story.
Following his third place in the 2007 world championships in his home town of Stuttgart, Schumacher was arrested for drunken driving. Four months later he revealed that the blood test taken at the time of his arrest had shown traces of amphetamines, whilst denying that he had knowingly taken drugs or had any knowledge of how the positive test had... Read More