Klaus-Peter Thaler

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Klaus-Peter Thaler
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Klaus-Peter Thaler (2016)
Personal information
Full nameKlaus-Peter Thaler
Born (1949-05-14) 14 May 1949 (age 69)
Eckmannshausen, Germany
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad, Cyclo-cross
Professional team(s)
1978-1979 TI–Raleigh
1983-1988Individual sponsor
Major wins
World champion cyclo-cross 1985 and 1987

Klaus-Peter Thaler (born 14 May 1949 in Eckmannshausen, North Rhine-Westphalia) was a professional cyclist between 1976 and 1988, successful in road-racing and cyclo-cross. He was world cyclo-cross champion twice as amateur and twice as professional [1] and German champion eight times.

Netphen Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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North Rhine-Westphalia State in Germany

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Cyclo-cross bicycle sport

Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter, and consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands.



Thaler studied at the University of Siegen. [2] In 1976, Thaler entered the Olympic Games, in the road race. He finished in ninth place. [3] He turned professional one year later.

The University of Siegen is a public research university located in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia and is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. The University was founded in 1972. 18,618 students were enrolled at the university as of the year 2017.

In the 1978 Tour de France, Thaler lead the race for two days, [4] after his team won the team time trial. [5]

Team time trial

A team time trial (TTT) is a road-based bicycle race in which teams of cyclists race against the clock.

Thaler organises the Tour of Hope bicycle charity ride, and was given the Pierre de Coubertin medal for that in 2005. [6]

The Pierre de Coubertin medal is a special decoration awarded by the International Olympic Committee to those athletes, former athletes, sports promoters, sporting officials and others who exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship in Olympic events or through exceptional service to the Olympic movement.

Career achievements

Major results

Source: [7]

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Critérium du Dauphiné

The Critérium du Dauphiné, before 2010 known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, is an annual cycling road race in the Dauphiné region in the southeast of France. The race is run over eight days during the first half of June. It is part of the UCI World Tour calendar and counts as one of the foremost races in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July, along with the Tour de Suisse in the latter half of June.

Paris–Nice cycling road race held in France

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Tour de France results

Source: [8]

1977 Tour de France

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1978 Tour de France

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Yellow jersey statistics

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  2. Alumni:Klaus Peter Thaler
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  4. Ex-Weltmeister Thaler feiert 60. Geburtstag
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  6. The Rotarian, January 2006
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