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Tony Rominger

Tony Rominger
Rominger at the 1993 Paris–Nice
Personal information
Full nameTony Rominger
Born (1961-03-27) 27 March 1961 (age 63)
Vejle, Denmark
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1986Cilo–Aufina–Gemeaz Cusin
1987–1990Supermercati Brianzoli–Chateau d'Ax
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (1993)
3 individual stages (1993)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1995)
Points classification (1995)
Intergiro classification (1995)
5 individual stages (1988, 1995)
Vuelta a España
General classification (1992, 1993, 1994)
Points classification (1993)
Mountains classification (1993, 1996)
Combination classification (1992)
13 individual stages
(1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)

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)


Hour record 55.291 km (5 November 1994)

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.


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

He was a rival to Miguel Indurain in the Tour de France and was placed second in 1993 and won 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]

Client of Dr Ferrari

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 achievements

Major results

6th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
10th Grand Prix des Nations
5th Grand Prix des Nations
8th Firenze–Pistoia
1st Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
3rd Milano–Torino
5th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
8th Coppa Placci
9th Grand Prix des Nations
9th Firenze–Pistoia
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Firenze–Pistoia
1st Stage 13 Giro d'Italia
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2
2nd Giro del Lazio
3rd Züri-Metzgete
5th Giro di Lombardia
7th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4b (ITT)
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Firenze–Pistoia
2nd UCI Road World Cup
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Milano–Torino
4th Giro dell'Emilia
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Züri-Metzgete
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
3rd Grand Prix des Nations
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 3
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Tour du Haut Var
4th Trofeo Baracchi
1st Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 5 & 7 (ITT)
1st Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 2 & 5b (ITT)
1st Grand Prix des Nations (Trofeo Baracchi)
1st Firenze–Pistoia
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 8 (ITT)
6th Grand Prix des Amériques
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
1st Firenze–Pistoia
1st Subida al Naranco
2nd UCI Road World Cup
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Prologue & Stage 5
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 6
2nd Overall Vuelta Asturias
1st Stage 1a
2nd Overall Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Stage 1b (ITT)
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
3rd Milano–Torino
4th Overall Tour of Galicia
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
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 Subida a Urkiola
1st Polynormande
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 10, 11 & 19 (ITT)
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 2
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Telekom Grand Prix (with Olaf Ludwig)
8th Overall Paris–Nice
Best human effort: 55.291 km (5 Nov 1994)
Best human effort: 53.832 km (22 Oct 1994)
1st Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 6, 8 (ITT), 11, 14 & 20 (ITT)
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 3 & 5b (ITT)
1st Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 8b (ITT)
1st Overall Escalada a Montjuich
1st Stages 1a & 1b (ITT)
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st Grand Prix des Nations
1st Telekom Grand Prix (with Jens Lehmann)
2nd Overall Critérium International
3rd Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Milano–Torino
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)
1st Telekom Grand Prix (with Andrea Chiurato)
1st Stage 3 Giro del Trentino
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 4
3rd Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stages 2 & 4 (ITT)
1st À travers Lausanne
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
UCI Road World Championships
3rd Time trial
9th Road race
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 10 (ITT) & 21 (ITT)
3rd Overall Tour DuPont
4th Overall Euskal Bizikleta
5th Overall Vuelta a Aragón
5th Overall Escalada a Montjuich
5th Time trial, Olympic Games
6th Subida al Naranco
10th Overall Tour de France
2nd Chrono des Herbiers
3rd Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
4th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
5th Subida al Naranco

General classification results timeline

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 97 DNF 44 DNF 1
A yellow jersey Tour de France 68 57 2 DNF 8 10 DNF
A yellow jersey Vuelta a España 16 1 1 1 3 38
Major stage race general classification results
Race 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Paris–Nice 1 2 8 1 35
/ Tirreno–Adriatico 3 2 1 1
Tour of the Basque Country 1 1 1 3 49
Tour de Romandie 2 6 1 1 28
Critérium du Dauphiné 4 3 2
Tour de Suisse 31 60 24 44 35 36
Volta a Catalunya 5 2 49
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  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". 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.

Awards Preceded byHippolyt Kempf Swiss Sportsman of the Year 1989 Succeeded byDaniel Giubellini Preceded byWerner Günthör Swiss Sportsman of the Year 1992–1994 Succeeded byDonghua Li
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