The Most Famous

CYCLISTS from Switzerland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swiss Cyclists. The pantheon dataset contains 1,212 Cyclists, 35 of which were born in Switzerland. This makes Switzerland the birth place of the 11th most number of Cyclists behind Denmark and United States.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Swiss Cyclists of all time. This list of famous Swiss Cyclists is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Swiss Cyclists.

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1. Hugo Koblet (1925 - 1964)

With an HPI of 66.92, Hugo Koblet is the most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages on wikipedia.

Hugo Koblet (pronounced [ˈhuːɡo ˈkoːblɛt]; 21 March 1925 – 6 November 1964) was a Swiss champion cyclist. He won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia as well as competing in six-day and pursuit races on the track. He won 70 races as a professional. He died in a car accident amid speculation that he had committed suicide.

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2. Ferdinand Kübler (1919 - 2016)

With an HPI of 65.56, Ferdinand Kübler is the 2nd most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler (pronounced [ˈfɛrdinand ˈkyːblər]; 24 July 1919 – 29 December 2016) was a Swiss cyclist with 71 professional victories, including the 1950 Tour de France and the 1951 World Road Race Championship.

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3. Fabian Cancellara (1981 - )

With an HPI of 62.44, Fabian Cancellara is the 3rd most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Fabian Cancellara (born 18 March 1981), nicknamed "Spartacus", is a Swiss cycling executive, businessman and former professional road racing cyclist who last rode for UCI ProTeam Trek–Segafredo. He was born in Wohlen bei Bern, Switzerland. Cancellara began road cycling after falling in love with an old bike at the age of thirteen. After that, he began to take the sport more seriously and won two consecutive World Junior Time Trial Championships in 1998 and 1999. At age nineteen he turned professional and signed with the Mapei–Quick-Step team, where he rode as a stagiaire. He is known for being a quality time trialist, a one-day classics specialist, and a workhorse for his teammates who have general classification aspirations. After winning a few stages and small races in his starting years, Cancellara earned his first major victory at the 2004 Tour de France where he won the opening prologue time trial and wore the race leader yellow jersey for one day. The following season saw fewer victories, but his 2006 season saw a victory in the men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, along with victory at the Paris–Roubaix. Cancellara repeated as world champion in the time trial the next year, along with winning two stages at the Tour de France. During the 2008 calendar he won gold at the Summer Olympics in the individual time trial event and the Milan–San Remo. The next season saw Cancellara again become world time trial champion and lead both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. In 2010, he won the Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Cancellara's 2011 and 2012 campaigns were both short in number of victories, while the latter was hampered by injuries throughout. After a lackluster two-year period, Cancellara again won the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix double in 2013. In 2014, Cancellara repeated as winner of the Tour of Flanders. Since turning professional in 2000, Cancellara has ridden for four professional teams. He has achieved great success in the classic monuments; he has won Paris–Roubaix three times, the Milan–San Remo once, and the Tour of Flanders three times. Cancellara has won the opening stage of the Tour de France five times and has led the race for 29 days total, which is the most of any rider who has not won the Tour. His success has not been limited to just time trials and classics, as he has won general classification of the Tirreno–Adriatico, Tour de Suisse, and the Tour of Oman. In 2008, he won gold in the individual time trial and silver in the men's road race at the Summer Olympics. In 2016, he won Olympic gold in the individual time trial for the second time in his career. In addition, Cancellara has been the time trial world champion four times in his career.

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4. Fritz Schär (1926 - 1997)

With an HPI of 60.22, Fritz Schär is the 4th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Fritz Schär (13 March 1926 in Kaltenbach – 29 September 1997 in Frauenfeld) was a Swiss cyclist who in 1953 won the first points classification ever in the Tour de France. He also finished third in the general classification in the 1954 Tour de France. He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 1953.

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5. Alex Zülle (1968 - )

With an HPI of 59.91, Alex Zülle is the 5th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Alex Zülle (born 5 July 1968) is a Swiss former professional road bicycle racer. During the 1990s he was one of the most successful cyclists in the world, winning back-to-back in the 1996 and 1997 Vuelta a España, taking second place in the 1995 and the 1999 Tour de France. He was world time-trial champion in Lugano in 1996.

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6. Gianni Bugno (1964 - )

With an HPI of 59.01, Gianni Bugno is the 6th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Gianni Bugno (Italian: [ˈdʒanni ˈbuɲɲo]; born 14 February 1964) is a retired Italian professional road racing cyclist.

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7. Pascal Richard (1964 - )

With an HPI of 56.00, Pascal Richard is the 7th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Pascal Richard (born 16 March 1964) is a French-speaking Swiss former racing cyclist. He is most notable as a former King of the Mountains winner at the Giro d'Italia and Olympic Games gold medalist. He won the Swiss National Road Race championship in 1989 and 1993.

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8. Jakob Fuglsang (1985 - )

With an HPI of 55.51, Jakob Fuglsang is the 8th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (born 22 March 1985) is a Danish professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Israel–Premier Tech. Before turning professional for Team Saxo Bank, he was a mountain biker racing for Team Cannondale–Vredestein, winning the Under-23 World Cup and Under-23 World Championships. Fuglsang has finished 7th overall at the Tour de France and 6th at the Giro d'Italia, his best result at a Grand Tour. His best career results are his win in the 2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the 2020 Il Lombardia and his overall wins in both the 2017 and 2019 editions of the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race, in the former of which he won two stages. He has also won several other stage races during his career including Danmark Rundt 3 times in a row from 2008 to 2010, Tour de Luxembourg and Tour of Austria in 2012, and Tour of Slovenia in 2009.

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9. Mauro Gianetti (1964 - )

With an HPI of 54.27, Mauro Gianetti is the 9th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Mauro Gianetti (born 16 March 1964 in Lugano) is a Swiss directeur sportif, and a former rider in professional road bicycle racing. Gianetti was employed as team manager for the Saunier Duval–Prodir cycling team throughout its existence between 2004 and 2011. Several riders have been sanctioned for doping violations that occurred during his tenure as directeur sportif, including Riccardo Riccò and Juan José Cobo. Gianetti currently sits on the Board of Directors of UAE Team Emirates.With over 30 professional victories, Gianetti's biggest career accomplishments as a rider include winning the 1995 Liège–Bastogne–Liège and Amstel Gold Race and representing Switzerland at the 2000 Summer Olympics. His son Noé Gianetti was also a professional cyclist.

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10. Oscar Camenzind (1971 - )

With an HPI of 54.14, Oscar Camenzind is the 10th most famous Swiss Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Oscar Camenzind (born 12 September 1971 in Schwyz, Switzerland) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Switzerland. He is national road champion of 1997. In 1998 he won the World Road Championship and the Giro di Lombardia, in 2000 he won the Tour de Suisse and he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2001. His career came to an abrupt end when he retired from pro cycling after a positive doping test in July 2004 for erythropoietin, leading into the Athens Olympics. After confessing to the use, in 2005 he was sued in Swiss court in order to name his supplier, which he refused to do fearing retribution.

Pantheon has 35 people classified as cyclists born between 1919 and 1993. Of these 35, 32 (91.43%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living cyclists include Fabian Cancellara, Alex Zülle, and Gianni Bugno. The most famous deceased cyclists include Hugo Koblet, Ferdinand Kübler, and Fritz Schär. As of October 2020, 6 new cyclists have been added to Pantheon including Fritz Schär, Robert Dill-Bundi, and Rubens Bertogliati.

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