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by Mark Zalewski
December 31, 2016
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The oldest living Tour de France winner, Ferdinand (Ferdy) Kubler, passed away this week at the age of 97. The Swiss rider had more than 400 professional victories, including the 1950 Tour de France and the 1951 World Championship.
Ferdinand Kübler winning a stage of the 1947 Tour de France. Source: Dutch National Archives
Swiss Illustrated reported that his health had been on the decline in recent years, and that he passed away in hospital in Zurich on Thursday after falling sick with a cold.
“He said to me, ‘Christina, you are the best woman in the world.'” his wife said. “He still was able to celebrate Christmas at home. Ferdy is peacefully asleep – with a smile.”
Known as ‘The Cowboy’ of the peloton, both for his exuberant racing style and penchant for Stetson hats, he was the first Swiss winner of Le Tour, following three individual stage wins in 1947 and 1948.
In 2010 he was honoured by Swiss Television with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Click through to read more at Swiss Illustrated.