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  Tony Rominger    

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Born on March 27, 1961, Switzerland’s Tony Rominger was an accomplished rider in both the Grand Tour events and one-day races.

Rominger won four Grand Tours and two cycling monument victories.

Rominger was a good all-round rider who was capable of winning any kind of prize.

He won the Mountains Jersey and Points Jersey competitions plus the overall prize in the Grand Tours, in addition to victories in the major one-day classics.

Rominger won the Vuelta a Espana three times.

Rominger won the 1992 Vuelta a Espana in front of Spaniards Jesus Montoya and Pedro Delgado.

Rominger also won the 1993 Vuelta a Espana in front of Alex Zulle of Switzerland and Luadelino Cubino of Spain.

In addition, Rominger won the 1994 Vuelta a Espana in front of Spaniards Mikel Zarrabeitia and Pedro Delgado.


Rominger also won the Mountains Jersey twice in the Vuelta a Espana, in 1993 and 1996. In addition, he won the Points Jersey in the 1993 Vuelta a Espana.

In 1993, Rominger won the overall victory plus the Mountains and Points Jerseys in the Vuelta a Espana, a rare feat in the Grand Tour events.

Only two other riders have won all the main jerseys in a single Grand Tour event: Eddy Merckx in the 1968 Giro d’Italia and also in the 1969 Tour de France; plus Laurent Jalabert in the 1995 Vuelta a Espana.

In 1995, Rominger won the Giro d’Italia in front of Evgeni Berzin of Russia and Piotr Ugromov of Latvia.

Rominger also won the Points Jersey in the Giro d'Italia that year as well.


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Rominger was 2nd in the 1993 Tour de France behind Miguel Indurain of Spain.

Rominger also won the Mountains Jersey in the Tour de France that year as well.

In the one-day races, Rominger won the Tour of Lombardy Classic twice, in 1989 and 1992.

Rominger also placed fourth in the 1992 World Championship Road Race behind Gianni Bugno of Italy, Laurent Jalabert of France, and Dimitri Konyshev of Russia.

All in all, Rominger had a successful career, but was overshadowed by Indurain’s prowess in the Grand Tours.


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