Wolfram Lindner

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Wolfram Lindner (born February 26, 1941 in Lauenhain near Mittweida , † February 17, 2010 in Berlin ) was a German cycling trainer.


Wolfram Lindner suffered from polio in his childhood . Even after the cure, this illness stood in the way of his athletic ambitions, so he decided to become a coach. He had previously passed his Abitur in Hainichen in 1959 . He then worked in the public education department at the City Council of Hainichen. At the same time, he began voluntary work as a trainer and functionary in cycling . In 1963 he was appointed to the youth commission of the German Cycling Association of the GDR.

He was a founding member of the cycling section of " BSG Motor Hainichen" and at the same time chairman of this section from 1959 onwards. After volunteering as a functionary and trainer at the BSG Mittweida, he worked as a GDR national trainer from January 1, 1970 to 1990, and led Bernd Drogan , Uwe Raab and Uwe Ampler to the amateurs' world championship title, and Olaf Ludwig to victory in the 1988 Olympics in the individual road race. (In the meantime he was replaced by Klaus Ampler , reinstated in 1979). His first assignment as national coach was crowned with success, his driver Axel Peschel won the Algeria Tour in 1970.

In addition, the street foursome trained by him won several world titles and the Olympic victory in 1988. In total, the GDR drivers trained by Lindner won 1,119 individual races and 109 tours at events outside the GDR.

After reunification , Lindner worked for the Association of German Cyclists before moving to Switzerland as national coach in 1992 . He formed a team like Oscar Camenzind , Mauro Gianetti , Laurent Dufaux , Rolf Järmann , Tony Rominger , Alex Zülle , Beat Zberg and Markus Zberg and others. In Lindner's career as the sporting director of Swiss professional drivers, Pascal Richard won the Olympic road race in Atlanta in 1996 , Alex Zülle won the world championship in the individual time trial in Lugano in 1996 , Oscar Camenzind won the 1998 world championship in the road race in Valkenburg , as well many more medals in international championships. As national coach of the GDR and Switzerland, his drivers won a total of 23 medals, including three Olympic victories and six world championship titles.

From 2000 to 2003 Lindner headed Team Coast and its successor Team Bianchi .

From March 2005 he coached the national team of Iran and reached with it the qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In April of the same year, Lindner ended his coaching career. Alongside Chris Carmichael, he is considered one of the most successful road cycling coaches.

Together with the company Körber in Gundelfingen , Lindner developed a method for measuring bicycle frames using laser technology. His book Radsporttraining , which has been reprinted several times, is one of the most famous works in this area.


  • Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDRGDR national coach (1970–1990)
  • Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of GermanyGermany national coach (1990–1992) (together with Peter Weibel )
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland Swiss national coach (1992-2000)
  • Sports director Team Coast / Team Bianchi (2000–2003)
  • IranIran Coach of the Iranian national cycling team (2005-2008)

Most important successes

  • Falk Boden, Bernd Drogan, Mario Kummer, Olaf Ludwig: World Champion Team Time Trial (100 km), 1981
  • Bernd Drogan: World Champion Street Amateurs, 1982
  • Uwe Raab: World Champion Street Amateurs, 1983
  • Uwe Ampler: World Champion Street Amateurs, 1986
  • Olaf Ludwig: Olympia-Sieger Straße, 1988
  • Uwe Ampler, Mario Kummer, Maik Landsmann, Jan Schur: Olympic winner team time trial (100 km), 1988
  • Pascal Richard: Olympia-Sieger Straße, 1996
  • Alex Zülle: World Champion Individual Time Trial, 1996
  • Oscar Camenzind: Road World Champion, 1998


  • Successful cycling training. From amateur to professional. Munich 1994, ISBN 978-3-405-14416-6 .
    • current title: Cycling training: methodical findings. Training design. Performance diagnostics. Munich 2005, 5th revised edition (new edition), ISBN 978-3-405-16964-0 .



Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b German Cycling Association of the GDR (Ed.): The cyclist . No. 12/1970 . Berlin 1970, p. 5 .
  2. Hainichen.de: "The city of Hainichen mourns Wolfram Lindner", accessed on February 18, 2010
  3. ^ German Cycling Association of the GDR (ed.): The cyclist . No. 35/1979 . Berlin 1979, p. 2 .
  4. "Cycling mourns successful coach Lindner", Handelsblatt dated February 17, 2010
  5. Cycling News from February 3, 2005