Saturday, 11 August 2012

Sepia Saturday 138; Ferdi Kübler;

Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler (born 24 July 1919) is a retired Swiss cyclist with over 400 professional victories, including the 1950 Tour de France and the 1951 World Road Race Championship.

Kubler 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.

Kubler'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. He was also World Road Race Champion in 1951, having placed second in 1949 and third in 1950.
He rode the Giro d'Italia from 1950–1952, placing fourth once, and third twice. Kubler 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, Kubler became champion by over nine minutes, also winning three stages. In the 1954 Tour, Kubler won the points jersey and came second behind Louison Bobet
Kubler 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. He is the oldest living Tour de France winner.

Full name Ferdinand Kübler
Nickname Ferdi, The Cowboy, The Eagle of Adliswil
Born July 24, 1919 (age 93)
Marthalen, Switzerland

Text/Photos courtesy Wikipedia


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  2. I remember his name from long ago but had no idea he is still alive (and kicking I hope). Thanks for reviving my memory.

  3. I like his style. I'm sure there were no boring intervals when he was racing.

  4. If it weren't for this week's theme, I might never know about such an accomplished cyclist. Lance Armstrong is the only name I know in this sport.

  5. A very appropriate choice - A Tour de France winner. Bradley Wiggins has added an Olympic gold to his Tour de France this year. I wonder how Kubler would compare if he could have the same up to date equipment.

  6. Your post was wonderful and the photos, well I could feel the wind in my face! Wonderful!

  7. He sounds like quite a character. I hope he didn't cycle in his stetson!

  8. A fine old picture. It is interesting to see how the look of sports bikes have changed since the time featured, although even back then I suspect that racing bikes were expensive pieces of kit.

  9. Well, you learn something every day!! I didn't know who he was.
    Thanx 4 sharing!!