Considered one of the greatest cycling sprinters of all time.
He grew up in East Berlin and became a professional in 1992 for a small German team.
He is a six-time winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey competition for the best sprinter.
His son Rick Zabel signed a contract to race for BMC in 2013.
He advised the Columbia team in 2008 when Mark Cavendish was one of its racers.