Klaus-Peter Thaler (2016)
|Full name||Klaus-Peter Thaler|
|Born||14 May 1949|
|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 professionaland German champion eight times.
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Thaler studied at the University of Siegen.In 1976, Thaler entered the Olympic Games, in the road race. He finished in ninth place. He turned professional one year later.
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