Udo Bölts

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Udo Bölts
Jan Ullrich and Udo Bölts, 1997.jpg
Bölts guides Jan Ullrich through the Vosges at the Tour de France 1997
Personal information
Born (1966-08-10) 10 August 1966 (age 54)
Rodalben, Germany
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1989-2002 T-Mobile
2003 Gerolsteiner
Managerial team(s)
2004-2007 Gerolsteiner

Udo Bölts (born 10 August 1966) in Rodalben is a retired German racing cyclist, the brother of Hartmut Bölts.

Bölts is one of the most successful German cyclists, and from the beginning of his career he distinguished himself as a coureageous rider who liked to get into breakaways. Bölts began his professional career in 1989 with Team Stuttgart, from which Team Telekom were formed in 1991.

From 1992 to 2003, Bölts took part in twelve consecutive Tours de France, arriving in Paris on every occasion, both of which feats are German records. These records have since been surpassed by Jens Voigt. His best placing in the hardest stage race in the world was in 1994, when he was ninth. In 1996 and 1997, he was an important helper of teammates and eventual winners of the Tour, Bjarne Riis and Jan Ullrich. During the 1997 Tour, he was noted for the words he shouted to Ullrich when the latter was about to crack: Quäl dich, du Sau! (force yourself, you sod!).

After Bölts had taken part in the Ironman Hawaii event with little preparation, his team chief of many years, Walter Godefroot, said: "Bölts is strong, he never breaks down".

Some of his greatest victories include three German road national titles (1990, 1995 and 1999),[1] the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1996 or a stage win at the 1992 Giro d'Italia. He also is the only German rider to have won the Dauphiné Libéré, which he did in 1997, a year in which he was also fourth in the World Cycling Championships.

For his last season as a professional, Bölts moved to Team Gerolsteiner. After he retired in 2004, he became one of the team's directeurs sportif, and is responsible for race preparations, strategies and contacts with other teams and cyclists.[2]

During the Tour de France 2006, he was an assistant commentator for German TV channel ZDF.

In the wake of the 2007 Team T-Mobile scandal Bölts confessed publicly on May 23 having used EPO and growth hormones in preparation for the Tour the France 1996, continuing with the practise in 1997. In consequence of this Bölts resigned as the sports director of Team Gerolsteiner on May 24, 2007.[3]


GermanyGerman road race champion
Herald Sun Tour
Stage at the Giro d'Italia
Stage at the Tour of the Basque Country
9th place at the Tour de France
Rund um Köln
2 stages at the Herald Sun Tour
GermanyGerman road race champion
Clásica de San Sebastián
1 stage at the Tour de Suisse
Dauphiné Libéré
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
4th place at the World Cycling Championship
GP Wallonnie
1 stage at the Euskal Bizikleta
Karlsruhe Pairs Time Trial
GermanyGerman road race champion
1 stage at the Deutschland Tour; 3rd overall

See also


  1. "National Championship, Road, Elite, Germany". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 13 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Bölts: Unavoidable Pressure To Dope In The Late 1990s". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bölts tritt zurück Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24. Mai 2007 (German)

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