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Lars Michaelsen

Lars Michaelsen
Personal information
Full nameLars Michaelsen
Born (1969-03-13) 13 March 1969 (age 55)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1994Catavana–AS Corbeil–Essonnes–Cedico
1999–2000Française des Jeux
2001–2002Team Coast
2003–2007Team CSC
Managerial teams
2008–2010Team CSC
2011Leopard Trek
2012–2016Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (1997)

Stage races

Tour of Qatar (2005)

One-day races and Classics

Gent–Wevelgem (1995)

Lars Michaelsen (born 13 March 1969) is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for Team CSC. He got his break through in his second year as a professional, when he won the 1995 edition of Gent–Wevelgem. In the 1997 Vuelta a España he won stage 1 and wore the leader's jersey for three days (stage 2, 3 and 5). In 2002 he finished fifth in Paris–Roubaix, a result he would duplicate in 2005. In the 2006 Paris–Roubaix he was once again in the group of favourites, but he helped teammate Fabian Cancellara win the race and finished 19th himself. In his last race, the 2007 Paris–Roubaix, he finished 11th after a strong race, where only a mechanical failure prevented him from following the favorites. Again a teammate, Stuart O'Grady, won the race. Michaelsen rode at four Olympic Games.[1]

After retiring he became a directeur sportif, continuing with his final team until 2011 when he joined Leopard Trek. He subsequently returned to Team Saxo Bank in 2013.[2] Following the end of the then-Tinkoff team in 2016, he joined the Astana Proteam in 2017.[3]

At the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, Michaelsen was driving the Astana team car when it crashed through a traffic island manned by a race volunteer. Consequently, he was given a period of suspension of 50 days and a fine of CHF 5,000 by the UCI.[4]

Major results

Grand Prix Denain
Stage 1, Vuelta a España
Stage 1, Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 1 and Stage 5, Trans Canada
116th, 1999 Tour de France
Stage 2, Danmark Rundt
Grand Prix Van Steenbergen
Stage 2, Four Days of Dunkirk
Stage 2, Hessen Rundfahrt
1st Clarendon Cup
1st Overall, Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3
Stage 1, Tour de Georgia


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Lars Michaelsen Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Michaelsen joins Saxo Bank as sport director". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Astana – Pro Team". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "UCI statement on the accident involving the Astana Pro Team car at the Tour de Yorkshire". Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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