Switzerland’s Ferdi Kubler was born on July 24, 1919. He died on December 29, 2016.
The Swiss rider stood on the podium of the Grand Tour events numerous times including one victory. He also stood on every podium step of the World Championship Road Race.
In addition, he twice won one of the five monuments in cycling. In short, Kubler won many of the important races of his day.
He raced against Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi in one of the great periods of cycling during the post-war years.
In the Grand Tour events, Kubler won the 1950 Tour de France in front of Stan Ockers of Belgium and Louison Bobet of France.
Kubler was also 2nd in the 1954 Tour de France behind Louison Bobet of France. In addition, Kubler won the Points Jersey in the Tour de France that year as well.
Kubler was 3rd in 1951 Giro d'Italia behind Fiorenzo Magni of Italy and Rik Van Steenbergen of Belgium.
Kubler was also 3rd in the 1952 Giro d'Italia behind Italians Fausto Coppi and Fiorenzo Magni.
Kubler won the 1951 World Championship Road Race in front of Italians Fiorenzo Magni and Antonio Bevilacqua.
Kubler was 2nd in the 1949 World Championship Road Race behind Rik Van Steenbergen of Belgium.
Kubler was 3rd in the 1950 World Championship Road Race behind Alberic Schotte of Belgium and Theo Middelkamp of Holland.
Kubler also won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic twice, in 1951 and 1952.