Cycling - Kuebler, first Swiss Tour de France champion, dies at 97

Ferdinand "Ferdy" Kuebler, the first Swiss cyclist to win the Tour de France, died on Thursday in a Zurich hospital at the age of 97 following a brief illness, the Swiss Cycling federation said on its website.

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Dominique Forlini beats Hugo Koblet and Ferdi Kübler at the end of the 6th stage of the 1954 Tour de France

Kuebler was 31 in 1950 when he won that year's 4,690 kilometre (2,914 mile) edition of the Tour de France.

A year later, he won the world championship race in Varese, Italy.

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Ferdi Kubler (L) and Hugo Koblet (C) in 1954

Although he claimed victory in the Tour of Switzerland three times, it took him a decade as a professional before he won the sport's most prestigious race.

Kuebler, known by Swiss fans as "Ferdy National", is one of only two Swiss Tour de France winners along with Hugo Koblet who claimed victory in 1951. Koblet died in 1964 in a car crash.

Read the original article on Eurosport: Kuebler, first Swiss Tour de France champion, dies at 97

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