Fritz Schär

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Fritz Schär Road cycling
Fritz Schär on the 2nd stage of the tour in 1953
Fritz Schär on the 2nd stage of the tour in 1953
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Nickname Pillenfritz
Date of birth March 13, 1926
date of death September 29, 1997
nation SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
discipline Street
Last updated: April 26, 2020

Fritz Schär (born March 13, 1926 in Kaltenbach TG ; † September 29, 1997 in Frauenfeld ) was a Swiss cyclist .

Athletic career

Fritz Schär began his cycling career in 1946 and, together with Hugo Koblet and Ferdy Kübler, was one of the strongest international cyclists in Switzerland in the 1950s . His particular strength was mountain driving. With the victory in the Vierkantone-Rundfahrt in 1946, he qualified for what was then the A-class for amateurs in Switzerland.

In 1947 he became Swiss cross country champion and won the national title in the amateurs single pursuit on the track . In his time as a professional until 1958, he was able to record numerous victories, including twice at the championship in Zurich (1949, 1950) and the Swiss road championship (1953). He also won five stages in the Tour de Suisse , which he finished second in 1953 and 1956.

Schär's greatest successes were a silver medal at the road world championships in 1954 in Solingen behind Louison Bobet and winning the yellow jersey at the 1953 Tour de France , which he wore for a total of six days. Finally, he finished sixth in the overall standings and won the green jersey , which was awarded for the first time that year.

It was an open secret that Fritz Schär doped intensively. His nickname was "Pillenfritz".


After finishing school, Schär completed an apprenticeship at Swiss Post AG .


His grandson Ronnie Schildknecht (* 1979) is a successful triathlete .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Swiss Cycling Association (ed.): SRB calendar 1965 . Grenchen 1965, p. 163 .
  2. v. April 16, 2005: "Doping under the sign of war and swing"
  3. v. July 10, 2009