Erik Zabel was born on July 7, 1970.
Zabelís main claim to fame is the he holds the record for points jersey victories in the Tour de France with six consecutive victories, in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Zabel also won three Points Jerseys in the Vuelta a Espana, in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Zabelís sprinting strength was evident in the one-day classics as well where he had four victories in the Milan-San Remo Classic, in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001.
In addition, Zabel was 3rd in the 2000 Paris-Roubaix Classic behind Belgians Johan Museeuw and Peter Van Petegem.
Zabel was 2nd in the 2004 World Championship Road Race behind Oscar Freire of Spain.
Zabel was also 2nd in the 2006 World Championship Road Race behind Paolo Bettini of Italy.
Zabel was one of the few contemporary riders that competed during the entire season. Zabel had over 200 career victories including 12 stage wins in the Tour de France.