La Charly Gaul

"Angel of the Mountains"

born on December 8, 1932 (Luxemburg)
deceased on December 6, 2005 (Luxembourg)

Charly Gaul is the biggest Luxemburg sportsman of the last decade and one of the best climbers of all times. He became professionnal in 1953 and won twice the Giro d'Italia as well as once the Tour de France. Charly showed his best performances under extemely bad weather conditions like in the "Chartreuse" stage of the Tour de France 1958 or in the stage to the Monte Bondone in the 1956 Giro, a truly epic stage in the snow after which he became a real legend in the Trento Area. It was also on a rainy day in December 2005 when Charly Gaul closed his eyes forever, two days ahead of his 73rd birthday.



His greatest achievements

winner of the Tour de France
two times winner of the Giro d'Italia
winner of ten stages of the Tour de France
winner of eleven stages at the Giro d'Italia
two times best climber at the Tour de France
two times best climber of the Giro d'Italia
Third at the road world championships
Fifth at the cyclo-cross world championships


Some pictures

Charly Gaul during the Tour de France 1955 Charly Gaul and Frederico Bahamontes Charly Gaul stage winner at the Giro d'Italia 1956 Charly Gaul at the Giro d'Italia 1957
Charly Gaul during the Tour de France 1958 Charly Gaul and Frederico Bahamontes at the Tour de France 1958 Charly Gaul was also an excellent cyclo-cross rider Charly Gaul during the cyclo-sport race La Charly Gaul in 1995


Palmares of Charly Gaul:

1950
winner of the Grand-Prix Général Patton (overall classification and one stage)
winner of the Grand-Prix Robert Grzonka
winner of a stage in the Tour des XII Cantons
1951
winner of the Grand-Prix Général Patton (overall classification and one stage)
winner of the Tour des XII Cantons (overall classification and 4 stages)
winner of the Flèche du Sud
winner of a stage in the Austria-tour
winner of races in Differdange and Athus
1952
winner of races in Belair, Hamm and Kayl
2nd in the Grand-Prix François Faber
1953
winner of the Flèche du Sud
2nd in the Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd at the Tour de Luxembourg
6th in the World road championships
1954
Luxemburgish National Cyclo-cross champion
winner of the Circuit des Six Provinces (overall classification, one stage and KOM competition)
stage winner in the Dauphiné Libéré
winner of the Grand-Prix de Renaix
2nd in the Tour de Luxembourg
3rd at road World Championships
1955
winner of 2 stages in the Tour de France
best climber of the Tour de France
winner of the Tour des Provinces du Sud-Est (overall and one stage)
winner of a cyclo-cross in Dippach
3rd overall at the Tour de France
3rd overall in the Tour de Luxembourg
1956
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
winner of the Giro d'Italia (overall, 3 stages and KOM competition)
winner of 2 stages and King of the Mountains in the Tour de France
winner of the Tour de Luxembourg (overall and 2 stages)
winner of the Grand-Prix d'Aurillac
winner of cyclo-cross races in Kopstal, Colmar-Berg and Bettembourg
5th in the cyclo-cross World Championships
1957
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
winner of 2 stages in the Giro d'Italia
winner of a stage in the Tour de Luxembourg
winner of 3 stages at the Grand-Prix de la Forteresse
winner of races in Mazamet and Cénon
winner of cyclo-cross races in Schuttrange, Ettelbruck, Kopstal, Bissen and Colmar-Berg
4th overall in the Giro d'Italia

1958
winner of the Tour de France (overall and 4 stages)
winner of at stage at the Giro d'Italia
winner of the hill-races in Sallanches
winner at the Mont Faron
winner of the Grand-Prix de la Forteresse
winner of the Trophée Edmond Gentil
stage winner at the Grand-Prix de Bali
winner of the Grand-Prix Saint-Augustin
winner of the cyclo-cross race in Alzingen
winner of the Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
2nd in the KOM competition at the Tour de France
3rd overall in the Giro d'Italia
1959
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
winner of the Giro d'Italia (overall, 3 stages and KOM comptetion)
winner of the Tour de Luxembourg
stage winner at the Tour de France
winner of the hill-races in Sallanches
winner of the Grand-Prix "La Giulianuova"
stage winner at Roma-Neapel-Roma
second in the KOM competition at the Tour de France
1960
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
winner of the hill-races in Sallanches
winner of stage at the Giro-d'Italia
winner of a cyclo-cross race in Muhlenbach
3rd overall at the Giro d'Italia
7th in the road World Championships
1961
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
winner of the Tour de Luxembourg (overall, one stage and KOM competition)
winner of a stage at the Tour de France
winner o a stage in the Giro d'Italia
winner of the Grand-Prix de Hénon
3rd overall in the Tour de France
2nd in the KOM competition at the Tour de France
4th overall in the Giro d'Italia
4th at the Tour de Romandie
1962
Luxemburgish National Champion on the road
Luxemburgish National cyclo-cross champion
9th overall at the Tour de France
5th in the World cyclo-cross championships


Tributes:

De Charly Gaul ass doud, séng Léjend liewt weider vum Carlo Hastert (RTL 06.12.2005)
Charly Gaul, le champion sportif et son mythe de Frank Wilhelm

Charly Gaul

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