Tony Rominger

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Tony Rominger Road cycling
Tony Rominger at Paris-Nice 1993
Tony Rominger at Paris-Nice 1993
To person
Date of birth 27th March 1961 (age 59)
nation SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
discipline Street
Driver type Classic hunter , time trial
End of career 1997
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Last updated: August 21, 2020
Tony Rominger

Tony Rominger (born March 27, 1961 in Vojens , Denmark ) is a former Swiss cyclist .

Cycling career

Tony Rominger was born in Denmark to a Danish mother and a Swiss father. He later moved to Switzerland with his father, where Rominger, who first learned to be an accountant , got into cycling.

In 1984 Rominger had his first international success when he won the prologue and a stage at the Cinturón a Mallorca . In 1985 he finished second in the Tour of Eastern Switzerland and the following year, at the age of 25, he received his first professional contract with Cilo-Aufina .

In 1989 Rominger won a classic for the first time , the Lombardy Tour . In the following years he developed into an all-rounder and won the Vuelta a España for the first time in 1992 , where he was the first professional cyclist to win three times in a row by 1994; In 1995 he also won the Giro d'Italia .

In the Tour de France, however, Rominger was repeatedly defeated by Miguel Indurain , but was able to beat the Spaniard in the 1993 Tour in his special discipline, the time trial . He finished second overall and won the mountain classification . In 1996 Rominger finished third in the time trial at the home World Championships . In the same year he finished fifth in the road race at the Olympic Games in Atlanta .

In 1994 Rominger took the hour record from his rival Induráin and improved the distance covered in one hour in the Vélodrome de Bordeaux Lac stadium to over 55 kilometers with a special machine.

After a broken collarbone due to a fall on the third stage of the 1997 Tour de France , Tony Rominger ended his career as a professional cyclist.

Suspected doping

Rominger was never tested positive for doping substances during his career and was also convicted of doping methods that were not otherwise prohibited. In the course of the investigation and the conviction of the Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari for doping cyclists with EPO , the name of Tony Rominger was also mentioned. At the time , Die Zeit called him Ferrari's "main unconvicted student alongside Lance Armstrong ". According to findings from 2012, money from the accounts of Rominger's sports marketing company should have flowed into a Swiss account that Ferrari had access to. Rominger stated that the cooperation with Ferrari was limited to the creation of training plans and denied any doping. David Millar , Rominger's 1997 teammate at Cofidis , reports in his autobiography about a joint meeting in Manchester , at which Dr. Ferrari was present. When Millar asked whether it was possible to win professional bike races without the EPO, Rominger replied that classics were, but not the Tour de France . He reportedly replied: "You can't compete for three weeks against guys who are on EPO."

Job and family

After the end of his career in 1997 Rominger worked temporarily as a cycling commentator for the TV broadcaster Eurosport , together with Klaus Angermann . After his resignation he worked for the international sports agency IMG until 2004 . He managed around 20 racing cyclists, including Matthias Kessler , Patrik Sinkewitz , Andreas Klöden and Alexander Winokurow ; Kessler, Sinkewitz and Vinokurow were convicted of doping in 2007. In 2004 Rominger organized the Tour de Suisse . As a long-term friend and manager, he persuaded the road cycling world champion from 2009 in Mendrisio and later winner of the Tour de France 2011 , Cadel Evans , to switch to the BMC Racing Team in 2010 .

Rominger has two children from a previous marriage and was married to the Swiss singer and presenter Francine Jordi on May 18, 2009 . At the end of May 2011, it was announced that the two separated. In 2014 he became a father for the third time.

He is still a star in Switzerland, whose private life is reported in detail in the local tabloids.

In October 2011 it became public that Rominger, together with other Swiss cycling enthusiasts, was one of the initiators of a cycling performance center in Solothurn . For this purpose, a foundation has been established that also wants to apply to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2017.


Successes (selection)

Grand Tours placements

Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia 97 DNF 44 DNF - - - - - 1 - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France - - 68 - 57 - - 2 DNF 8th 10 DNF
Golden jersey Vuelta a España - - - - 16 - 1 1 1 - 3 38
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.


Web links

Commons : Tony Rominger  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rominger, Tony. (No longer available online.), archived from the original on May 7, 2014 ; Retrieved January 25, 2014 (Danish). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Bookkeeper in the saddle. Der Spiegel, July 10, 1995, accessed January 25, 2014 .
  3. Tony Rominger's world hour record. (No longer available online.) SRF, November 5, 1994, archived from the original on February 3, 2014 ; Retrieved January 25, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Rico Czerwinski: Romingers torments. Zeit Online, June 30, 2005, accessed January 25, 2014 .
  5. a b Dario Venutti: pursued by suspicion. Basler Zeitung, November 10, 2012, accessed on January 25, 2014 .
  6. Tony Rominger defends himself against allegations. , October 28, 2012, accessed on January 25, 2014 .
  7. David Millar: Thoroughbred racing driver, Covadonga Verlag Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 978-3-936973-71-6 , p. 105.
  8. Book review of Racing Through The Dark on from June 17, 2011
  9. The voice of the tour: Klaus Angermann turns 75 today. Rad-net, June 24, 2013, accessed on January 25, 2014 .
  10. Tony Rominger “shocked and disappointed”. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 25, 2007, accessed on January 25, 2014 .
  11. How did Cadel Evans come to BMC?, November 7, 2009, accessed January 25, 2014 .
  12. Francine Jordi and Tony Rominger have split up. In: Swiss television website . May 29, 2011, archived from the original on June 3, 2011 ; Retrieved January 25, 2014 .
  13. Dominik Hug: "As a man you are always the victim." In: from October 20, 2014.
  14. Why is he hiding his new love?, October 15, 2012, accessed on January 25, 2014 .
  15. Board of Trustees. Solothurn Performance Center Foundation, accessed on January 24, 2014 .
  16. Marcel Segessemann: Candidacy of the City of Solothurn for the 2017 World Cup in Switzerland?, October 14, 2011, accessed January 25, 2014 .
  17. Credit Suisse Sports Awards. Retrieved January 25, 2014 .