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Priska Doppmann concludes her unique career
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 8/29/2008
Priska Doppmann concludes her unique career
 

Priska Doppmann concludes her unique career

The 37-year-old top athlete Priska Doppmann (SUI) from the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team concludes her long and unique cycling sports career.

Doppmann was in the last 10 years a leading person in women’s cycling both in Switzerland and worldwide. The native athlete from Zug, coming from Triathlon and running, started her career in 1998 and already in 1999 she competed in her first of eight Road World Championships. Rapidly, the career of the personable athlete ascends and it was only one time interrupted for six months due the illness mononucleosis in the year 2003.


Priska Doppmann
Photo © 2008 Cycling United

In her 10-years-cycling sports career Priska competed in three Olympic Summer Games in which she achieved three top ten places (2004: 9th place in time trial, 2008: 7th place in road race & 8th place in time trial). At World Championships, she finished in total five times among the best ten. In 2006 she was very close to the top three but she edge out of the podium and took the fourth place in the time trial. To the long and successful career belongs also two World Cup victories, as well as two team overall World Cup victories and two stage-races overall victories.

On the zenith of her career, Priska Doppmann says now good bye from the (active) highest level and will turn now into a new period of life. “I had a long and awesome time in women’s cycling”, explained Priska Doppmann, “however it was already clear for me after Athens 2004, that I will reset new impulses in my life and face to other challenges after the Olympics in 2008. That I reached two Olympic diploma’s (places among the top eight) in Beijing and could conclude my career on the zenith of my performance, means a lot for me and crowned my career."

But all my great results and success were not possible without the support of several persons like my coach and partner Thomas Campana, my entire family, all the team members and stuff around, Swiss Olympic and Swiss Cycling as well as my sponsors, supplier and patrons. I would like to say “thank you” to all of them for their tireless support.”

Roland Richner, Chief of competitive sports from Swiss Cycling expressed his feelings to the retirement: „The constant performances of Priska at the Olympics and World Championships are unique for Swiss women's cycling. Besides her amazing success as an athlete and team leader, Priska distinguish herself with a huge know-how. As a graduated cycling coach she hands over her knowledge to our talents from Swiss Cycling. Also in the future, her know-how will stay in the cycling sport with her own team Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling and hopefully as well for Swiss Cycling.“


In action during a time-trial!
Photo © 2008 WomensCycling.net


Priska Doppmann will continue to work in the cycling business. In the future, she will be more involved in her own business - the company Cycling United Bikes & Components AG- which she founded in 2007.

Beside this engagement, Priska Doppmann will be also involved in the planning and organization of her cycling Team Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling, which will try again to call attention with great performances in the cycling sports in this year’s World Championships and as well in the season 2009.

Palmares

1999
1st Swiss National Road Race Championships
3rd GP Kanton Aargau Gippingen
2nd Rund Um die Rigi - Gersau

2000
1st GP Kanton Aargau Gippingen
2nd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
3rd Swiss National Road Race Championships


Priska Doppmann in action during the early races in Australia!
Photo © 2008 WomensCycling.net


2001
1st Stage 4, Giro della Toscana Int. Femminile
1st Swiss National Time Trial Championships
2nd Swiss National Road Race Championships
3rd Stage 5 Tour de Snowy

2002
2nd Swiss National Road Race Championships
3rd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
3rd GP Suisse Féminin
3rd General Classification, Gracia - Orlova
2nd Stage 1, Gracia - Orlova
3rd Stage 2, Gracia - Orlova
2nd Stage 3, Gracia - Orlova
1st Rund Um die Rigi - Gersau
2nd Stage 4 Women's Challenge
2nd Stage 7 Women's Challenge
2nd Stage 1 Tour de Snowy
3rd Fleche Wallonne
1st Berner Rundfahrt

2004
1st Rund Um die Rigi - Gersau
2nd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
3rd Stage 3,a Gracia - Orlova, Rydultowy
3rd Giro d'Italia Donne
3rd Prologue Giro d'Italia Donne, Pordenone
3rd Stage 1 Giro d'Italia Donne, Montereale Valcellina
2nd Chrono Champenois - Trophée Européen
1st GP des Nations

2005
3rd Rund Um die Rigi - Gersau
1st Tour Cycliste Féminin de la Drôme
1st Stage 1, Tour Cycliste Féminin de la Drôme, Taulignan
1st Stage 2, Tour Cycliste Féminin de la Drôme, Sederon
1st Stage 3a, Tour Cycliste Féminin de la Drôme, Vaison la Romaine (with Christiane Soeder, Sereina Trachsel, Sarah Grab and Emma Rickards)
1st Stage 5 Tour Cycliste Féminin de la Drôme, Chateauneuf du Rhône
2nd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
1st Classification Grande Boucle
2nd Stage 2 Grande Boucle, Marckolsheim
2nd Stage 3 Grande Boucle, Plombières Les Bains
3rd Stage 5 Grande Boucle, Saint-Vallier
1st Stage 6 Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, Vaujany
3rd Stage 3 Thüringen-Rundfahrt der Frauen, Gera
2nd Chrono des Herbiers


Priska Doppmann celebrates her stage win in the 2008 Thüringen Rundfahrt
Photo © 2008 WomensCycling.net


2006
2nd Stage 1 Tour of New Zealand, Lower Hutt
2nd General Classification Tour of New Zealand
2nd Souvenir Magali Pache, Lausanne
1st Stage 2, Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin, Rieux Minervois
1st Stage 6, Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin, Montreal d'Aude
1st L'Heure D'Or Féminine / The Ladies Golden Hour (with Nicole Cooke, Christiane Soeder, Karin Thürig and Joanne Kiesanowski)
3rd Stage 3, Holland Ladies Tour, Goor
1st Chrono des Herbiers

2007
2nd Rund Um die Rigi - Gersau
3rd Stage 7, Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin, Rennes-les-Bains
1st Stage 2, Grande Boucle, Lacs de Haute-Charent
1st Stage 3a, Grande Boucle, La Tremblade
3rd Stage 3b, Grande Boucle
3rd Stage 4, Grande Boucle, Casteljaloux
2nd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
3rd Chrono des Herbiers

2008
7th Road race, 2008 Summer Olympics
8th Time trial, 2008 Summer Olympics
3rd Swiss National Time Trial Championships
3rd Karbach
1st Stage 5, Krasna Lipa Tour Féminine, Krásná Lípa
1st Stage 2, Thüringen-Rundfahrt der Frauen, Gera
1st Open de Suéde Vargarda (with Karin Thürig, Christiane Soeder, Carla Ryan, Sarah Düster and Pascale Schnider)

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