Since the start of 2017, Andreas Klöden has been the official Brand Ambassador for Storck bicycles worldwide.
His 16 year professional career saw him rise to become one of the most successful German cyclists of all time by the time he announced his retirement in 2013.
Born in 1975, Andreas won the Under 23 World Time Trial Championships in 1996, and two years later he would join the T-Mobile squad where he enjoyed much success.
Time trials and climbs were definitely his key strengths, and a number of GC and stage wins were certainly a sign of things to come, and in the 2000 season with wins in the Paris-Nice and Tour of the Basque Country GC and a Bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics.
Unfortunately what followed were several seasons very much blighted by injury, capped off by an early retirement from the Tour de France in 2003 due to a fractured tailbone.
However in 2004 Klödi hit back by winning the German National Road Racing title then beating teammate Jan Ullrich to 2nd place in the Tour de France after a superb final time trial stage. Due to the fact that he was supposed to be supporting Ullrich, the result brought Andreas right into the spotlight and he became the subject of various transfer rumours.
In the end he would stay with T-Mobile until 2006, when he once again took the runner up spot in Le Tour, before moving on to Astana for the 2007 season.
His three year stint with Astana saw an overall win at the Tour of Romandie in 2008, and a commendable 5th in Le Tour the following year as he supported teammates Armstrong and Contador.
In 2011, a year after joining Team Radioshack, Klöden once again put himself in the spotlight after his Tour of the Basque victory and 2nd place in the Paris-Nice. He entered the Tour de France in great form, but sadly had to pull out after injuring his back during the course of two separate crashes.
During his final season in 2013, he was well positioned to attack on both stage 16 and stage 19 of the Tour, and gave his all to try and take that coveted stage win. Just as in 2004, he was beaten into 2nd place heading to Le Grand-Bornand. Andreas would go on to announce his retirement soon after.
Want to know more about Andreas?
Check out the in depth interview in our 2018 catalogue here.