Urs Zimmermann

Urs Zimmermann (born 29 November 1959 in Mühledorf) is a Swiss former professional road racing cyclist. He stood on the podium in two of the three Grand Tour events after finishing third in 1986 Tour de France and 1988 Giro d'Italia. He also won several stage races such as the Tour de Suisse, Dauphiné Libéré and Critérium International.

Urs Zimmermann
Personal information
Full nameUrs Zimmermann
Born (1959-11-29) 29 November 1959 (age 61)
Mühledorf, Switzerland
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional teams
1983–1984Cilo-Aufina
1985–1989Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
19907 Eleven-Hoonved
1991–1992Motorola
Major wins
Stage races
Tour de Suisse (1984)
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1986)
Critérium International (1986)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1986)

After the eleventh stage of the 1991 Tour de France, there was a rest day, on which the cyclists were transferred from Nantes to Pau, by airplane. Zimmermann had a fear of flying, so he refused to use the airplane. The jury then disqualified him, but after the other cyclists protested, he was allowed to use other means of transportation.[1]

He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 1986.[2]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1981
3rd National Hill Climb Championships
10th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
1982
2nd Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
3rd Overall Tour du Vaucluse
1983
4th GP du Canton d'Argovie
1984
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Grabs–Voralp
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
7th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Trofeo Baracchi
1985
1st GP de la Liberté
1st Stage 9a (TTT) Tour de Suisse
2nd Giro del Piemonte
3rd Coppa Agostoni
8th Coppa Sabatini
1986
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st   Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 2
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Profronde van Tiel
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
10th Giro dell'Emilia
1987
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de France
6th Gran Premio di Lugano
8th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1988
1st   Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4b (ITT)
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
6th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1989
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1990
2nd Giro del Friuli
4th Overall Giro del Trentino

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
  Vuelta a España
  Giro d'Italia 50 3 6 DNF 44
  Tour de France 58 3 DNF DNF DNF 116
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Arrival of the Indurain Era". Cycling Revealed. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ "National Championship, Road, Elite, Switzerland (Men)". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 14 March 2015.

External linksEdit