Thomas Wegmüller

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Thomas Wegmüller
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Wegmüller in 1989
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Born (1960-09-28) 28 September 1960 (age 59)
Bern, Switzerland
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Thomas Wegmüller (born 28 September 1960) is a former Swiss racing cyclist. He rode in the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, won a stage in the 1989 Dauphine Librere and was named the Most Combative rider on the Champs Elysees stage during the 1990 Tour de France. [1] [2] He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 1992. [3]

Tour de France Cycling competition

The Tour de France is an annual men's multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours, it consists of 21 day-long stages over the course of 23 days. It has been described as "the world’s most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race".

The Vuelta a España is an annual multi-stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Inspired by the success of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the race was first organized in 1935. The race was prevented from being run by the Spanish Civil War and World War II in the early years of its existence; however, the race has been held annually since 1955. As the Vuelta gained prestige and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend all around the globe. Since 1979, the event has been staged and managed by Unipublic, until in 2014, when Amaury Sport Organisation acquired control, with both working together. The peloton expanded from a primarily Spanish participation to include riders from all over the world. The Vuelta is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI WorldTeams, with the exception of the wild card teams that the organizers can invite.

1990 Tour de France cycling race

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References

  1. "Thomas Wegmüller". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. "Thomas Wegmüller". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  3. "National Championship, Road, Elite, Switzerland (Men)". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 14 March 2015.