German Jens Heppner (Wiesenhof) has announced that he will finish his career near the end of August, a day after the Tour of Germany which finishes on August 23. Heppner will race a criterium in Jena on August 24 to mark the end of the 40 year-old's time as a professional. Heppner spent most of his career as part of the Telekom team, and was one of those who helped Jan Ullrich win the 1997 Tour de France. He won a Tour stage in 1998, the German Championship in 1994, the Tour of Germany in 1999, and wore the maglia rosa in the Giro d'Italia for 10 days in 2002. He joined Wiesenhof in 2003, where he has been ever since.