Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hugo Koblet "The Pedaler of Charm"

Hugo Koblet "The Pedaler of Charm" was born March 25, 1925 in Zurich, Switzerland. During his illustrious career, he won many important races, including 10 Suisse National Championships, the 1950 Giro d'Italia and the 1951 Tour de France. His power on the bike earned him the respect of fellow cyclists and the praise of racing journalists. His good looks and grace transformed many European women into cycling fans.

Koblet's monumental stage win from Brive to Agen in the 1951 Tour de France is considered by many to be one of the greatest days in the history of cycling. Ultimately Koblet went on to win that years Tour de France by more than 22 minutes over his nearest rival.

Koblet's professional career spanned from 1946 to 1958. Sadly, only 8 years after he finished his cycling career, Koblet died in a car crash of mysterious circumstances  at the age of 39 on November 6, 1964.

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