Kim Kirchen

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Kim Kirchen
Kim Kirchen.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kim Kirchen
Nickname Grim Kim[1]
Born (1978-07-03) July 3, 1978 (age 36)
 Luxembourg
Team information
Current team None
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
1999–2000 De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
Professional team(s)
2001–2005
2006–2009
2010
Fassa Bortolo
T-Mobile Team
Team Katusha
Major wins
Tour de France, 2 stages
La Flèche Wallonne (2008)
Paris–Brussels (2003)
Tour de Suisse, 2 Stages
National Time Trial Champion (2008, 2009)
National Road Race Champion (1999, 2004, 2006)
Tour de Pologne (2005)
Infobox last updated on
January 4, 2008

Kim Kirchen (born July 3, 1978 in Luxembourg City) is a former Luxembourg road racing cyclist.

Career[edit]

Kirchen signed as a professional cyclist in 2000 with De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa, and went on to join Fassa Bortolo in 2001. For the 2006 cycling season, he joined the T-Mobile Team following the demise of the Fassa Bortolo team.

His first recorded race was in Dommeldange in 1999, and he had to wait until 2000 for his first professional victory when he won the Piva Col trophy. Kirchen was named the Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, surpassing the achievement of fellow cyclist Charly Gaul and putting him fourth in the all-time stakes.

In July 2008 he showed good form during the Tour de France, placing 7th in the general classification[2] and wearing the coveted yellow jersey for a total of four stages.

In 2010, Kirchen joined Team Katusha, after he was unable to agree with Team Columbia-HTC on a contract extension.[3] He suffered a suspected heart attack during the 2010 Tour de Suisse, in June 2010.[4] He will not race in 2011 because of the heart condition.[5]

Since 2011, Kirchen co-commentates all cycling races broadcast on RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, along with former Cofidis cyclist Tom Flammang.

Honours[edit]

1999
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Champion
2001
1st Stage 3 Tour de Luxembourg
2002
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Berne
2003
1st Paris–Brussels
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
2004
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Champion
1st Stage Tour de Luxembourg
6th Summer Olympics Road Race
2005
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 7
1st Jersey green.svg Points Classification
1st GP Chiasso
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Stage 4 Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale "Coppi e Bartali"
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Coppa Placci
2006
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Champion
1st Prologue Tour de Luxembourg
2007
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
3rd Brabantse Pijl
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 15
2008
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Time Trial Champion
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 2 Vuelta al País Vasco
1st Stage 4 Vuelta al País Vasco
1st Stage 6 Tour de Suisse
7th Overall Tour de France
Held maillot jaune Jersey yellow.svg Stages 6-9
Held maillot vert Jersey green.svg Stages 6-7 and 9
1st Stage 4
2009
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Time Trial Champion
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
10th Stage 15 Tour de France

Grand Tours performance[edit]

Tour de France[edit]

  • 2004: 63rd Overall
  • 2005: abandoned in the 11th stage
  • 2007: 6th Overall
  • 2008: 7th Overall
  • 2009: 57th Overall

Giro d'Italia[edit]

  • 2003: 29th Overall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavendish, Mark (June 2009). Boy Racer. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-193275-6. 
  2. ^ "Tour de France 2008". BBC News. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/kirchen-katusha-bound-in-2010
  4. ^ Kirchen suffers suspected heart-attack cyclingnews.com
  5. ^ Kirchen unlikely to race again Cyclingnews

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeff Strasser
Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Jeff Strasser
Preceded by
David Fiegen
Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Fränk Schleck
Preceded by
Fränk Schleck
Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Andy Schleck