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Hugo Koblet
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Personal information
Full name Hugo Koblet
Nickname Beautiful Hugo, Le pédaleur de charme
Date of birth 21 March 1925(1925-03-21)
Date of death 6 November 1964 (aged 39)
Country  Switzerland
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1950 Giro d'Italia
1951 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on:
27 Dec 2009

Hugo Koblet (21 March 1925 – 6 November 1964) was a Swiss champion cyclist.

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, his professional cycling career began in 1946. He made his name on the track as a pursuiter, winning the Swiss championship every year from 1947 to 1954. In 1947 he finished third in the world pursuit championship, and took second in 1951 and 1954. He was given the nickname "Pédaleur de Charme" in 1951 by Jacques Grello a writer for Parisien Libéré.

After winning the 1950 Swiss road championship, Koblet gained fame when he became the first non-Italian to win the Giro d'Italia. In 1951 he defeated Fausto Coppi to win the "Grand Prix des Nations," an individual time trial considered the unofficial world championship. The most important victory came that year at the Tour de France, during which he captured five stages and won the overall title.

Hugo Koblet was a handsome man whose fame brought beautiful women and a lifestyle that affected his career. Although he competed with success, including two second-place finishes at the Giro d'Italia, he never regained the level achieved in 1951-52 and retired in 1958.

Six years after his retirement, Koblet died at 39 in a car crash, with speculation that his death may have been a suicide. Witnesses saw Koblet driving his white Alfa Romeo at speed between Zürich and Esslingen. Weather and road conditions were ideal, but the vehicle reportedly drove into a tree without any attempt to avert the crash.

Major Road Racing Records

1947
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
1948
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
Six days of Chicago (with Walter Diggelmann)
1949
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
Six days of New York (with Walter Diggelmann)
1950
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Jersey green.svg Winner mountains classification
Winner stages 6 and 8
Tour de Suisse
1951
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
Critérium des As
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 7, 11, 14, 16 and 22
Grand Prix des Nations
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 19
6th place overall classification
1952
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
1st Züri-Metzgete
Giro d'Italia:
8th place overall classification
1953
 Switzerland national track pursuit champion
Tour de Suisse
Tour de Romandie
Giro d'Italia:
2nd place overall classification
Winner stage 7B
1954
Züri-Metzgete
Giro d'Italia:
2nd place overall classification
Winner stages 15 and 21
1955
Tour de Suisse
Switzerland 1st Swiss Road Race Championship
Giro d'Italia:
10th place overall classification
Winner stage 21
1956
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 9
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Grand Tour results timeline

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
Giro 1 6 8 2 2 10 DNE
Stages won 2 1 0 1 2 1
Mountains classification 1 NR NR NR NR NR
Points classification N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tour DNE 1 DNE DNF-10 DNF-13 DNE DNE
Stages won 5 0 0
Mountains classification 3 NR NR
Points classification N/A N/A N/A NR NR
Vuelta DNE N/A N/A N/A N/A DNE DNF
Stages won 0
Mountains classification NR
Points classification N/A N/A N/A
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

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Awards
Preceded by
Switzerland Armin Scheurer
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1951
Succeeded by
Switzerland Josef Stalder

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