David Zabriskie

David Zabriskie

Zabriskie at the 2006 Tour de Georgia
Personal information
Full name David Zabriskie
Nickname "The Green Hornet",[1]
DZ, DZNuts, Dizzy, Captain America, Zup
Born (1979-01-12) January 12, 1979
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-Trialist
Professional team(s)
1999–2000 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
2001–2004 U.S. Postal Service
2005–2007 Team CSC
2008–2013 Slipstream–Chipotle
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 Stage (TTT) (2008)
Tour de France
1 Stage (TTT) (2011)

Stage races

Tour of Missouri (2009)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championship (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)

David Zabriskie (born January 12, 1979) is a retired professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013. His main strength is individual time trials and his career highlights include stage wins in all three Grand Tour stage races and winning the US National Time Trial Championship seven times. Zabriskie is known for his quirky nature, including singing before stages and the interviews he does with fellow riders in the professional peloton which are posted on his web site.

In 2005 he had become the third American to wear the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France, after winning the prologue of that year's Tour. However, later admissions of drug use during that time caused him to be stripped of his stage win and the resulting yellow jersey.[2]

On October 10, 2012 – while a member of the Garmin–Sharp squad[3] – it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team.[4] Later that day, Zabriskie confirmed his acceptance of a six-month ban from September 1, 2012 ending on March 1, 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between May 13, 2003 and July 31, 2006.[5]


Zabriskie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from Olympus High School in 1997, and made his professional debut with the Colorado Cyclist team in 1999. After displaying his talent for time trials by winning the US National Time Trial Championships (junior and under-23 age categories) and the Grand Prix des Nations (under-23 category), Zabriskie moved on to the U.S. Postal Service team in 2001.

Zabriskie seriously injured his left leg and wrist in 2003 while descending Mill Creek Canyon near Salt Lake City when a vehicle pulled into his lane and collided with him.[6] Upon announcing his retirement in 2013, Zabriskie stated that the injury to his leg still bothered him and indicated it contributed to his decision to retire.[7] Following a year of rehabilitation, he returned to form in 2004, winning the Elite US National Time Trial Championships. He also won stage 11 of the Vuelta a España in an 162 km solo breakaway, marking his first Grand Tour stage win—especially notable among his victories for not being a time trial. In the 2005 season Zabriskie switched to Team CSC, where he racked up another Grand Tour stage victory by winning the 8th stage of the 2005 Giro d'Italia.

Zabriskie at the 2007 Tour de France.

Despite success on the international cycling scene, Zabriskie did not receive much attention in his native United States until the 2005 Tour de France, when he won the stage 1 time trial, making him the first American to win stages in all three Grand Tours. Zabriskie beat Lance Armstrong by two seconds clocking an average speed of 54.676 km/h. He wore the leader's yellow jersey until the team time trial on stage 4, where he crashed within the final two kilometres, a crash determined as a chain slip though Zabriskie himself did not know what had happened.[8] After the crash, Zabriskie suffered from his injuries and on stage 8, he arrived last, 51'12" after winner Pieter Weening. Zabriskie abandoned the race in the 9th stage after 11 km. Before Zabriskie had fully recovered from his crash in the Tour de France, a swinging glass door at a restaurant injured his hand badly enough to end his 2005 season.[9] Back home from the Tour de France, Zabriskie was honored in Utah by the declaration of "Dave Zabriskie Day" by the mayors of both Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City.

Zabriskie's 2006 season started out well, with a strong 2nd-place finish in the February stage race Amgen Tour of California, 29 seconds after the winner, countryman Floyd Landis. He was initially placed 3rd in the April stage race Ford Tour de Georgia, but as he lost time to the favourite riders on the Brasstown Bald mountain stage, he finished 6th place overall. Dave Zabriskie won two time trials in the Dauphiné Libéré in May, beating Floyd Landis in the prologue by two seconds, and winning Stage 3 by 53 seconds, again ahead of Landis, further proving Zabriskie's outstanding time trialing skills. Following several mountain stages, including a ride up the Mont Ventoux, Zabriskie finished the race in 32nd place, behind winner Levi Leipheimer. Upon completing the 2006 Tour de France in 74th place, Zabriskie became the second American behind Christian Vande Velde to finish all three Grand Tours.


On September 1, 2007, Zabriskie won the US National Time Trial Championship for the third time. He finished The Cliffs South Carolina 18.7 mile course in 39 minutes, 34 seconds (28.4 miles/hour average speed) which was just one second ahead of second-place finisher Danny Pate.


After helping his team win the first stage team time trial at the Giro d'Italia, Zabriskie crashed in the Giro's second stage and had to abandon the race due to a fractured first vertebrae. Zabriskie was selected as one of the five riders for the US Olympic road race team and one of the two for the time trial. Later that year, Zabriskie placed 12th at 1:05:17.82 in the men's time trial at the Beijing Olympics, 3:06 behind race winner Fabian Cancellara.


Zabriskie won stage 6, the Individual Time Trial in the Tour of California. Zabriskie was also key to Garmin–Cervélo's successes in the 2011 Tour de France. Garmin-Cervélo win in the second stage team time trial propelled team leader Thor Hushovd into the yellow jersey. Thor stayed in the yellow jersey until stage 9, the stage Zabriskie seriously injured his wrist in a crash during a descent that also caused the withdrawal of Alexander Vinokourov, Jurgen van den Broeck and Frederik Willems.

Personal life

In 2005, Zabriskie married Randi Reich, a 2005 University of California at Berkeley alumna. In February 2009, thieves entered Zabriskie's home while he was away competing in the Tour of California and stole thousands of dollars worth of racing equipment and Olympic memorabilia[10] and his Marvel action figure collection.[11] Three men were charged in connection with the burglary.[12] David Zabriskie confirmed at the end of the 2010 cycling season that he is following a semi plant based diet,[13] albeit with the addition of salmon.[14]


At the beginning of the 2013 Giro di Lombardia Zabriskie announced his retirement after 13 years as a professional cyclist.[15]

Career achievements

Major results

1st, National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st, Stage 1, Sea Otter Classic
1st, National Time Trial Championships
2nd, UCI World Time Trial Championships
1st, National Time Trial Championships
1st, Eindhoven Team Time Trial
5th, Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, National Time Trial Championships
1st, Stage 1, Tour of the Bahamas
1st, Stage 1 (TTT), Giro d'Italia
1st, Stage 4 (TTT), Tour de Georgia
3rd, UCI World Time Trial Championships
6th, Overall, Tour of California
1st, National Time Trial Championships
1st, Overall, Tour of Missouri
1st, Stage 5 (ITT)
2nd, Overall, Tour of California
3rd, Overall, Vuelta a Castilla y León
2nd, Overall, Tour of California
1st Stage 3
1st, National Time Trial Championships
1st, Stage 4 (ITT), Tour de Romandie
1st, Stage 6 (ITT), Tour of California
1st, Stage 2 (TTT), Tour de France
1st, National Time Trial Championships
1st, Stage 1 (ITT), Tour de Langkawi
1st, Stage 2 (TTT), Tour of Utah
2nd, Overall, Tour of California
1st, Stage 5 (ITT)

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 104 58 152
Yellow jersey Tour WD 74 WD 74 100 WD 100
red jersey Vuelta 120 WD WD

WD = Withdrew; Voided results = struck through.


  1. Christian Vande Velde, Vande Velde's View: My ability to discern..., VeloNews, July 9, 2006
  2. Rhiannon Potkey, Cyclist Zabriskie pedals to the beat of a different drummer, Active, February 21, 2006
  3. "Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Unveils 2013 Roster". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. December 28, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  4. Benson, Daniel (October 10, 2012). "Six former Armstrong USPS teammates receive bans from USADA". cyclingnews. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Acceptance of Sanction Zabriskie Executed" (PDF). Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  6. Young Postie Zabriskie in Crash, "RoadBike Review Archives", May 29, 2003
  7. Zabriskie: "The time for me to stop has come", Cyclingnews, October 6, 2013
  8. Shane Stokes, DZ's back for more, CyclingNews, February 20, 2006
  9. PezCycling News – What's Cool In Pro Cycling
  10. Olympic Momentos, Bikes Stolen from Racer NY Times, February 24, 2009
  11. Marvel statues stolen from David Zabriskie's home
  12. Charges Filed in Burglary of Cyclist's Home SI.com, March 13, 2009
  13. http://davezabriskie.com/?p=323
  14. Albergotti, Reed (June 29, 2011). "Riding the Tour De Vegetable: David Zabriskie Plans to Race in France on (Almost) Vegan Diet - WSJ.com". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  15. "Somewhere between Bergamo and Lecco, David Zabriskie called it a career". Velonews. Retrieved 9 October 2013. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Baldwin
USA National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Chris Baldwin
Preceded by
Chris Baldwin
USA National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Taylor Phinney
Preceded by
Taylor Phinney
USA National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Tom Zirbel
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