Twenty Years Later


27 June 2017

A dad and his son. It is the year 1997 and the dad and his son are in Paris. The dad, Erik Zabel, just finished another Tour de France. He just won the green jersey for the second time. He also won three stages that year. He is one of the favorite riders of the peloton and very popular in his home country, Germany.

Who could have guessed that the little boy he is holding will start his first Tour de France this Saturday? Of course, it is special to be the son of one of the best sprinters in the peloton. But it is even more special to start this Grand Tour in your own country. The boy, Rick Zabel, is excited and he cannot wait to take off in Düsseldorf. He probably won’t win any of the sprint stages, but he could get away in one of the flat stages and who knows what might happen then…


Erik and Rick Zabel / © Tim De Waele

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