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Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Vejle, Denmark) is a Swiss former professional road racing cyclist who won the Vuelta a España in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and the Giro d'Italia in 1995.

Tony Rominger
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Rominger at the 1993 Paris–Nice
Personal information
Full nameTony Rominger
Born (1961-03-27) 27 March 1961 (age 58)
Vejle, Denmark
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
1986Cilo–Aufina–Gemeaz Cusin
1987–1990Supermercati Brianzoli–Chateau d'Ax
1991Toshiba
1992–1993CLAS–Cajastur
1994–1996Mapei–CLAS
1997Cofidis
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (1993)
3 individual stages
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1995)
Points classification (1995)
Intergiro classification (1995)
5 individual stages
Vuelta a España
General classification (1992, 1993, 1994)
Points classification (1993)
Mountains classification (1993, 1995)
Combination classification (1992)
13 individual stages

Stage races

Tour of the Basque Country (1992, 1993, 1994)
Paris–Nice (1991, 1994)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1989, 1990)
Tour de Romandie (1991, 1995)

One-day races and Classics

Giro di Lombardia (1989, 1992)

Other

Hour record 55.291 km (5 November 1994)

He began cycling late, allegedly spurred by competition with his brother. Rominger's strengths were time-trialling, climbing and recuperation.

He was a challenger to Miguel Indurain in the Tour de France, placing second in 1993 and winning the mountains classification. His three wins in the Vuelta were a record at the time. In 2005, Roberto Heras broke that record but two months later tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO and was disqualified. Heras' win has since been reinstated.

In 1994 Rominger broke the world hour record twice in a few days. He used Bordeaux velodrome to ride 53.832 km and then 55.291 km, although a track novice.[1]

He retired in 1997 after breaking his collarbone at that year's Tour de France. He is the agent of Austrian racing cyclist Matthias Brändle.[2]

Contents

Client of Dr FerrariEdit

For his attempt on the Hour Record in 1994, he was coached by Dr Michele Ferrari, who was at the trackside during the ride.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1988
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Stage 13 Giro d'Italia
1989
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Giro di Lombardia
1990
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2
1991
1st   Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stages 5 & 7 (ITT)
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 2 & 5b (ITT)
1st Grand Prix des Nations (Trofeo Baracchi)
1992
1st   Overall Vuelta a España
1st Combination classification
1st Stages 19 (ITT) & 20
1st   Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 2 & 5b (ITT)
1st Giro di Lombardia
1993
1st   Overall Vuelta a España
1st   Points classification
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stages 11, 14 & 19
1st   Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 1, 4 & 5b (ITT)
1st   Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Subida a Urkiola
2nd Overall Tour de France
  Mountains classification
1st Stages 10, 11 & 19
1994
Hour record: 55.291 km (5 Nov 1994)
Hour record: 53.832 km (22 Oct 1994)
1st   Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 6, 8 (ITT), 11, 14 & 20
1st   Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 3 & 5b (ITT)
1st   Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 8b (ITT)
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st Grand Prix des Nations
1995
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st   Intergiro classification
1st Stages 2 (ITT), 4, 10 (ITT) & 17 (ITT)
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue, Stages 3 & 5b (ITT)
8th Overall Tour de France
1996
3rd   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stages 10 (ITT) & 21 (ITT)
10th Overall Tour de France

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
  Vuelta a España 16 1 1 1 3 38
  Giro d'Italia 97 DNF 44 DNF 1
  Tour de France 68 57 2 DNF 8 10 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clemitson, Suze (19 September 2014). "Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. ^ "'Now or never' as Brändle tackles Voigt's Hour Record". cyclingnews.com. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.

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Awards
Preceded by
Hippolyt Kempf
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Daniel Giubellini
Preceded by
Werner Günthör
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Donghua Li