|Date of Birth||July 5, 1968|
|Place of Birth||Wil, Switzerland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Professional Career||1991 – 2004|
|Best Known For||Winning the Vuelta a España in 1996 and 1997|
Alex Zülle is a retired Swiss professional road cyclist who was born in Wil, Switzerland on 5 July 1968. In 1991, he began his professional cycling career and rapidly achieved recognition for his formidable time trialing and climbing talents.
During his career, Zülle competed in multiple Grand Tours, including the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta a España. He became the first Swiss rider to win the Vuelta a España in 1996 and 1997, when he repeated his victory. Zülle was renowned for his consistency during a race, as well as his proficiency in both time trials and the high mountains.
In addition to his victories at the Vuelta a España, Zülle placed second at the Tour de France in 1995 and 1999 and won the Tour de Switzerland three times between 1996 and 1998.
On the bike, Zülle was renowned for his painstaking attention to detail and serious, concentrated approach. His tremendous work ethic and will to succeed were also well-known.
Zülle served as directeur sportif for several professional cycling teams, notably BMC Racing Team and IAM Cycling, after his 2004 retirement from cycling.
Alex Zülle’s Outstanding Accomplishments:
|1996||Winner of the Vuelta a España|
|1997||Winner of the Vuelta a España|
|1998||Winner of the Tour de Suisse|
|1995||2nd place in the Tour de France|
|1999||2nd place in the Tour de France|
|1996||2nd place in the Olympic Games time trial|
|1997||Winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné|