Hermann shield

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Hermann Schild (born February 16, 1913 in Tschausdorf (Oder) , now Szczawno , † April 7, 2006 in Munich ) was a German racing cyclist .

Schild began cycling in 1931 at RV Borussia Guben in 1894 . Since he was unemployed for a long time, he regularly cycled the routes to his starts and then went straight home by bike after the races. The then Reich coach "Matze" Schmidt was so impressed by his physical abilities that he appointed him to the roster for the Summer Olympics in 1936 . In 1937 he (together with his compatriot Herbert Gerber in Chemnitz ) received an offer from Presto as a professional driver, which he immediately accepted.

Schild took part in the Tour de France in 1937 and 1938 , but gave up on both occasions. In 1938 he won the overall ranking of the Germany Tour , which covered more than 3000 kilometers and 15 stages (in 1939 he was 30th). With nine stage wins, he still occupies the top place in the statistics (together with Heinz Müller ). Even with his 21 days in the leadership jersey, he is the most successful participant. In 1939, a few days before the start of the Second World War, he set a German record of over 1 hour with an average of 43.296 km / h on the Hertogenrath railway. In 1941 Schild fell badly, so that although he no longer had to do military service, he feared that he would continue his sporting career. It was not until 1947 that his health was again able to compete in cycling races. He made his debut in April of this year in a circuit race in Munich.

Even after the Second World War, Schild continued to be successful as a professional driver . In 1950 he won the first edition of a road criterion behind engine management in Germany. The race took place on the Berlin Avus in front of 80,000 spectators. In 1952 he started for the "Rabeneick" team on the Tour of Germany and placed 30th. In 1953 he won the GDR championship for professional drivers. In 1954, at the age of 41, he became the German professional road champion and in 1957 he crossed the finish line in his last professional race at the classic Milan – Sanremo with the peloton. After his cycling career (which he ended in 1957) he continued to work for the RC Amor 07 Munich .

Herman Schild died on April 7, 2006 in Munich at the age of 93.

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  1. a b Wolfgang Rupprecht: Hermann Schild turns 70 . Ed .: Süddeutsche Zeitung. Munich 1988 (no date).
  2. Express-Verlag (ed.): Illustrated Radsportexpress . No. 1/1947 . Berlin, S. 5 .
  3. ^ Association of German cyclists (ed.): Radsport . No. 42/1950 . German sports publisher Kurt Stoof, Cologne 1950, p. 4 .
  4. Cycling . No. 31/1952 . German sports publisher Kurt Stoof, Cologne, p. 15 .