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Hugo Koblet Photo Gallery

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Hugo Koblet (March 21, 1925 - November 6, 1964) was, along with Ferdy Kübler, part of the Swiss dominance of European high end racing in the 1950s.

Koblet started as a track rider and dominated individual pursuit competition most of his professional life, being Swiss champion of the event every year from 1947 to 1954.

He was a stunningly talented athlete. He was a particularly capable time trialist, an ability that allowed him to win the 1951 Grand Prix des Nations, beating Fausto Coppi in his prime. In 1950 he became the first non-Italian to win the Giro d'Italia and in 1951 he won the Tour de France.

That 1951 ride was Koblet's peak, and from there he went into a still-unexplained decline. His handsome features and easy, good nature make his nicknames Pédaleur de Charme and Le Bel Hugo understandable. He always carried a comb and bottle of cologne to freshen up near or at the end of a stage.

By the late 1950s the victories no longer came with ease, and eventually didn't come at all. His free-spending ways left him deep in debt and he was divorced from his wife, a model named Sonja Buhl. In 1964 He died in a car crash that appeared to be a suicide.

Major professional victories:

1947: Swiss Pursuit Champion

1948: Swiss Pursuit Champion, Chicago Six Day (with Walter Diggelmann)

1949: Swiss Pursuit Champion, New York Six Day (with Walter Diggelmann)







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Nicknames: Pédaleur de Charme and Le Bel Hugo


Hugo Koblet

Schoolboys cheer Koblet in the 1947 Tour of Switzerland

Hugo Koblet in 1950

Koblet looking perfect in 1950.

Koblet in the 1950 Giro

Koblet in the 1950 Giro d'Italia

Hugo Koblet

Koblet in stage 11 of the 1951 Tour de France

Hugo Koblet

Hugo Koblet riding away from the field in the 1951 Tour.

Hugo Koblet

The famous picture of Koblet combing his hair. He's in yellow, so it's probably during the 1951 Tour de France

Hugo Koblet

Another shot of Koblet during the 1951 Tour de France. Note the goggles on his forearm.

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Koblet, probably during the 1951 Tour de France

Hugo Koblet

Swiss fans cheering the 1951 Tour de France winner

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Undated photo of Koblet

Hugo Koblet time-trialing

Koblet doing what he did best, time trialing.

Hugo Koblet

Koblet looked perfect on a bike with a flat back making for a compact, aerodynamic position.

Hugo Koblet and Ferdy Kubler

Two very different riders. The perfect, elegant Koblet and the grunting, sweating Kübler. Both great racers.

Hugo Koblet

Autographed Koblet endorsement photo.

Fauto Coppi and Hugo Koblet

Fausto Coppi leads Hugo Koblet in 1953

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Le Bel Hugo in the 1950s

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