Ferdi Kubler

BornJuly 24, 1919 in Marthalen, Switzerland
DiedDecember 29, 2016 in Adliswil, Switzerland
Major teamsPeugeot, Dilettante
Professional career1940 – 1957
Major winsTour de France (1950), World Road Race Championship (1951), Milan-San Remo (1951, 1952), Tour of Flanders (1952), La Flèche Wallonne (1951)

Ferdi Kübler was a professional road cyclist from Switzerland who raced in the 1940s and 1950s. On July 24, 1919, in Marthalen, a little town in the canton of Zurich, he was born. Kübler began his cycling career as an amateur, but at the age of 21, he turned professional.

Kübler rapidly established himself as a good rider, and he became noted for his aggressive riding style and mountain climbing prowess. In the early 1950s, he was a dominant force, having won the Tour de France in 1950 and the World Road Race Championship in 1951. He also won the Milan-San Remo one-day classic in 1951 and 1952, the Tour of Flanders in 1952, and the Flèche Wallonne in 1951.

Kübler was also well-known for his tenacity and capacity to persevere in the face of hardship. He suffered a big defeat during the 1950 Tour de France when he crashed and lost over six minutes to the race leader. He didn’t give up, though, and went on to win the race, becoming the first Swiss rider to do so.

Kübler left professional cycling in 1957, but remained active in the sport. He was well-known in the cycling community as a coach and mentor to junior cyclists. At the age of 97, he died on December 29, 2016.

Among Ferdi Kübler’s most notable accomplishments are his Tour de France victory as well as victories in the World Road Race Championship, Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, and La Flèche Wallonne.

Following are his seven most notable accomplishments:

1950Tour de France
1951World Road Race Championship
1951Milan-San Remo
1951La Flèche Wallonne
1952Milan-San Remo
1952Tour of Flanders
1952Swiss National Road Race Championship

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