Ferdinand Kübler

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Ferdinand Kübler
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Kübler at the 1954 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameFerdinand Kübler
NicknameFerdi, The Cowboy, The Eagle of Adliswil, Mr 100,000 Volts [1]
Born(1919-07-24)24 July 1919
Marthalen, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Died29 December 2016(2016-12-29) (aged 97)
Zurich, Switzerland
Team information
Rider typeAllround
Professional team(s)
1948–1949 Peugeot–Dunlop
1949–1952 Frejus–Pirelli
1953–1955La Perle–Hutchinson
1956 Carpano–Coppi
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (1950)
Points classification (1954)
8 stages

One-day races and Classics

Bordeaux–Paris (1953)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1951, 1952)
La Flèche Wallonne (1951, 1952)

Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler (pronounced [ˈfɛrdinand ˈkyːblər] ; 24 July 1919 – 29 December 2016) was a Swiss cyclist with 71 professional victories, including the 1950 Tour de France and the 1951 World Road Race Championship.

The Swiss are the citizens of Switzerland or people of Swiss ancestry.

1950 Tour de France

The 1950 Tour de France was the 37th edition of the Tour de France, taking place from 13 July to 7 August. It consisted of 22 stages over 4,773 km (2,966 mi).

The 1951 UCI Road World Championships took place in Varese, Italy.



Kübler was born in Marthalen. He began racing professionally in 1940 but his early career was limited to Switzerland by the Nazi occupation elsewhere. He was multiple Swiss national champion and a three time winner of the Tour de Suisse. Kübler's most successful years in international racing were 1950–1952, when the classics had resumed after the Second World War. He won the La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, both in 1951 and 1952, in a time where these races were still contested in the same weekend. [2] He was also World Road Race Champion in 1951, having placed second in 1949 and third in 1950.

Marthalen Place in Zurich, Switzerland

Marthalen is a municipality in the district of Andelfingen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

National Socialism, more commonly known as Nazism, is the ideology and practices associated with the Nazi Party – officially the National Socialist German Workers' Party – in Nazi Germany, and of other far-right groups with similar aims.

Tour de Suisse cycling road race held in Switzerland

The Tour de Suisse is an annual cycling stage race in Switzerland. Raced over nine days, the event covers two weekends in the latter half of June. Along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, it is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is on the calendar two weeks after the end of the Tour de Suisse. Since 2011 the event is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest level of professional races.

He rode the Giro d'Italia from 1950–1952, placing fourth once, and third twice. Kübler abandoned the 1947 and 1949 Tours de France, despite an early stage win in each. In the 1950 Tour, he benefited from the absence of Fausto Coppi, sidelined after a crash in the Giro. Overcoming Gino Bartali, Kübler became champion by over nine minutes, also winning three stages. In the 1954 Tour, Kübler won the points jersey and came second behind Louison Bobet. [3] Kübler was the first Swiss winner of the Tour de France. [4]

Giro dItalia cycling road race held in Italy

The Giro d'Italia is an annual multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. The first race was organized in 1909 to increase sales of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport; however it is currently run by RCS Sport. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1909, except when it was stopped for the two world wars. As the Giro gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened, and the peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world. The Giro is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite.

Fausto Coppi Italian cyclist

Angelo Fausto Coppi,, was an Italian cyclist, the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions. He was an all-round racing cyclist: he excelled in both climbing and time trialing, and was also a great sprinter. He won the Giro d'Italia five times, the Tour de France twice, and the World Championship in 1953. Other notable results include winning the Giro di Lombardia five times, the Milan–San Remo three times, as well as wins at Paris–Roubaix and La Flèche Wallonne and setting the hour record (45.798 km) in 1942.

Gino Bartali Italian road cyclist

Gino Bartali, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, nicknamed Gino the Pious and Ginettaccio, was a champion road cyclist. He was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d'Italia twice and the Tour de France in 1938. After the war he added one more victory in each event: the Giro d'Italia in 1946 and the Tour de France in 1948. His second and last Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.

Kübler was a high-spirited and impulsive rider sometimes given to strategically unwise attacks, out of exuberance and competitive drive. He was known as "the cowboy" because of his penchant for Stetson hats. He retired from racing in 1957 at 38.

Stetson brand of hat manufactured by the John B. Stetson Company

Stetson is a brand of hat manufactured by the John B. Stetson Company.

Kübler died in Zurich on 29 December 2016 at the age of 97. [5] Prior to his death he was the oldest living Tour de France winner. [6]

Career achievements

Major results

Source: [7]

Flag of Switzerland.svg national pursuit champion
Flag of Switzerland.svg national pursuit champion
Flag of Switzerland.svg national mountain champion
Flag of Switzerland.svg national mountain champion
Tour de Suisse
Flag of Switzerland.svg national pursuit champion
Flag of Switzerland.svg national cyclo-cross champion
Tour de France:
Winner stages 1 and 5
Wearing yellow jersey for one day
Flag of Switzerland.svg national road race champion
Tour de Suisse
Tour de Romandie
Tour de France:
Winner stage 5
Flag of Switzerland.svg national road race champion
Challenge Desgrande-Colombo
Trophée Edmond Gentil
Flag of Switzerland.svg national road race champion
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg :Winner overall classification
Winner stages 6, 10 and 20
Flag of Switzerland.svg national road race champion
World road champion
Tour de Romandie
Flèche Wallonne
Week-end Ardennais
Tour de Suisse
Challenge Desgrande-Colombo
Flèche Wallonne
Week-end Ardennais
Flag of Switzerland.svg national road race champion
Challenge Desgrande-Colombo
Tour de France:
2nd place overall classification
Winner stages 5 and 14
Jersey green.svg Winner points classification

Grand Tour results timeline

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Mountains classificationNRNRNRNR
Points classificationN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tour de France DNF-7 DNE DNF-18 1 DNEDNEDNE 2 DNF-12
Stages won21320
Mountains classificationNRNR4617
Points classificationN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ANR1NR
Stages won
Mountains classification
Points classificationN/AN/AN/A
2–3Top three-finish
4–10Top ten-finish
11–Other finish
DNEDid Not Enter
DNF-xDid Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-xDid Not Start (no started on stage x)
N/ARace/classification not held
NRNot Ranked in this classification

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