Martin Elmiger

Swiss champion ( road race ) 2001, 2005, 2010 Winner of the Tour Down Under 2007 Winner Four Days of Dunkirk in 2010

Martin Elmiger ( born September 23, 1978 in Hagen Dorn) is a Swiss racing driver and three-time Swiss champion.

  • 2.1 Grand Tour Ranking


Time as junior driver

Elmiger began in 1992 at the age of thirteen years in the student category at his hometown club RMV Cham Hagendorn with cycling and this year could also equal to win his first two races. As of 1993, the Swiss was also parallel to the mountain road, with which he was second in the Swiss Championship in 1994 and won a few races for themselves. However, successes came on the road bike, among other things, with the victory at the Tour de Berne.

For the 1995 season Elmiger moved up the street to the junior class and became part of the Swiss National MTB team, with which he also took part in the World Championships in Kirchzarten. With a road bike, he reached the third place in the junior competition of Zuri pig roast or even the overall victory in the Vaud tour, which earned him the following year, also the leap into the Swiss road squads, among other things. After the third rank in the national time trial championships and the second central Swiss Cup in 1994 with the mountain and a new FIFA World Cup in Australia Elmiger moved in 1997 to the team Cilo Ciclolinea -Columbus to begin his time as U-23 driver. But here he was able to celebrate a single victory and joined after only a year of GS Bianchi Giro Star. He was also on his mountain bike career in favor of road racing.

In his first season at Bianchi Giro Star, he won two races and was part of the Swiss team at the U-23 World Championships in Valkenburg, in the subsequent year was Elmiger inter alia in the Thüringen Tour at the start. In 2000 he drove for the GS Seat - Kona Radio Argovia. A total of six victories he celebrated here and win the U-23 annual ranking of Switzerland, which earned him a place in the World Cup team of his homeland. In the road race of Plouay he finished eleventh.

The beginning of his professional time

Martin Elmiger was 2001 professional at the post Swiss team after he was gone for three months as an intern at Saeco last year. A first great victory reached Elmiger in July at the Swiss Championships. After he had previously been part of a breakaway group gathered, he sat down in the last twelve rounds again alone and became no longer sought. For the first time, he also participated in the Tour de Suisse and was even nominated for the professional race in the world championship in Lisbon.

After the dissolution of the Post Swiss Team Elmiger signed with the Swiss top team and later ProTour team Phonak. After the first top- ten results to start the season at the 2002 Vuelta Valenciana Bicicleta Vasca, or he was third in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie and fifth on the third leg. His first professional victory, he then won the Circuito de Getxo in Spain, where he could defend almost a year later as a second his title. In August, he was fourth in the GP Ouest France.

His only win in the 2003 season went Elmiger in his home out at the GP Kanton Aargau in Gippingen. Second places he collected from the second stage of the Tour de Romandie as well as in Milan Vignola. Good results also for Sachsen Tour and the Giro del Lazio brought Elmiger a re- selection for the road race in the world championship in Hamilton, where he finished 13th.

In 2004 he showed at the beginning of his qualities as a stage racer and was ranked at Tirreno- Adriatico eleven. At the Grand Prix Pino Cerami in Belgium, he had only the solo winner Nico Sijmens beaten, in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie, he was third again. A month later, in late May, followed on the third stage of the Tour de Languedoc -Roussillon finally his first win of the season. In the Swiss Championships, he finished seventh in the time trial and finished fifth in the road race. Shortly thereafter, stood with the Tour de France and his first Grand Tour on the program, he could end up as 108. After that he took part for his country at the Olympic Games. The year ended with Elmiger for third place at the GP Kanton Aargau and second place at Paris- Bourges.

In the 2005 season he started, among others, at the Tour of Flanders and the Tour de Suisse (one sixth stage ). The greatest success of this year was for Elmiger addition to the silver medal in the time trial of the Swiss Championship in Cham his second championship title on the road after 2001, he could win in a sprint against Mitausreißer Alexandre Moos. The Tour de France in 2005 was not in Elmigers course of the race, and so he played instead of the Tour de Wallonie, where he was seventh stage once. After finishing sixth in the HEW cyclassics in Hamburg, he then completed for the first time in his career, the Vuelta a España. Here he showed up on the nineteenth day part in the run group of the day, however, Heinrich Haussler was beaten in the sprint. In the following World Cup in Madrid, he was tenth, after that eight of the Tour of Lombardy end of the season.

The year 2006, the reigning Swiss champion began almost with a victory: In the Mallorca Challenge, he just had to admit defeat Isaac Galvez in the first race in a mass sprint, four days later, he finished fifth. After participation in the Tour of California and Paris - Nice, he was also placed ninth in Milan - Sanremo. Then Elmiger stood by the other spring classics for the first time at the Giro d' Italia at the start. Finally, he prepared himself on the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de Wallonie, the Eneco Tour and the Clasica San Sebastian on the World Championships in Salzburg, where he was Fourteenth. The Zuri pig roast early October, after his last race for the team, Phonak, as the team was disbanded at the end.

In the French team AG2R La Mondiale Elmiger received a contract for season 2007 DC in his first race for the new employer could he celebrate one of the greatest successes of his career by winning the Tour Down Under in Australia -. Just three seconds ahead of second place Karl Menzies. Other top ten results in the Etoile de Bessèges, the Trofeo Chiasso, the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Picardie followed next participations in the big spring classics. After the Tour de Suisse was Elmiger for the Tour de France on the program. On the seventeenth stage, he was represented in the break of the day, but in the final sprint he was defeated Daniele Bennati and Markus Fothen. Towards the end of the season he was once again stages - eighth at the Tour of Germany, ninth at the Giro di Romagna and third in the Grand Prix de la Somme. A week before the World Championships in Stuttgart, he still reached his second victory of 2007 at the Grand Prix d' Isbergues. At the World Cup he finished tenth. In winter, he competed in the Six Days Zurich on the web.

Beginning of 2008, he could not repeat his previous success at the Tour Down Under and was 13 Then he started Tirreno- Adriatico among others, and some cobbled race, where he could reach seventh place at Dwars door Vlaanderen. In the prologue of the Tour de Romandie he was eight, and shortly thereafter Elmiger celebrated his first victory at the Tour de Picardie, as he almost finished with three seconds the second stage prominence as a soloist. The tour, he also finished in third place. Other successes he just missed second place of the first section of the Tour de Suisse as well as a silver medal winner of the Swiss Championship. And also at the Tour de France, he was right in front of a stage win, Kurt- Asle Arvesen Mitausreißer had to on the eleventh day of the race, however, beaten in the sprint. The season ended for Elmiger among other things with the Tour of Poland, the World Championships in Varese, as well as Paris -Tours.

In 2009, the Swiss could already prove good shape for the season opener in the Tour Down Under and, after two third and a sixth stage ranking fourth overall. After the Tour of California, he went to the podium as third in the Montepaschi Eroica. This was followed by a twelfth place at Milan - San Remo, ranked ninth in the Tour of Flanders, in fifth place at the Circuit de Lorraine and the second place there on the first leg behind Manuel António Cardoso in a mass sprint. Although Elmiger participated as every year at the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de France, he was not nominated.

After he started his 2010 season at the Tour Down Under, the Tour du Haut- Var, Tirreno- Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie, he reached with the overall victory in the Four Days of Dunkirk in May one of his greatest victories. This was primarily the solo victory on the fourth day section. After the Tour de Suisse Elmiger could also boast at the Swiss Championships, won bronze in the time trial and gold in the road race. In the Swiss champion jersey he was allowed to compete in the Tour de France. Also at the end of the year he was successful, and was at the Tour du Poitou -Charentes stage second and third overall. Finally he won the Grand Prix de la Somme and again took part in the World Championship.

The beginning of the year 2011 made ​​for Elmiger the Etoile de Bessèges, the Tour of the Algarve, the classics of the North Tirreno- Adriatico and Milan - Sanremo and. Only in May at the Tour de Picardie he could first reach a podium with a third stage space. After finishing fifth at the Swiss Championships, he was not nominated for the Tour de France and graduated instead the Tour de Wallonie. At the Tour du Poitou -Charentes he reached the fifth place and finished the season among others, the Circuit Franco -Belge, but not with the World Cup.

In the 2012 season Elmiger started once more with the Tour Down Under and the Tour of Algarve. After the spring classics and the Tour de Romandie, he finished tenth in the four days of Dunkirk and once stage fourth. He completed the Tour de Luxembourg from tenth. In the first section of the Tour de Suisse, he reached the fourth place, he took bronze at the Swiss time trial championships. In preparation for the Olympics, he completed instead of the Tour de France, the Tour of Poland. This was followed by the Eneco Tour and Vattenfall cyclassics. The race Binche -Tournai - Binche in Belgium finally figured the last bet for AG2R, because Elmiger announced a change to the new Swiss Zweitdivisionär IAM Cycling gür 2013.



  • Overall winner Vaud tour


  • Reservoir Tour Klingnau



  • Circuito de Getxo winner


  • Winner GP Kanton Aargau


  • Two stage wins Tour du Poitou -Charentes


  • A stage Tour of Catalonia ( team time trial )


  • Overall winner of the Tour Down Under
  • Winner Grand Prix d' Isbergues


  • Stage win Tour de Picardie


  • Stage and overall Win 4 Days of Dunkirk
  • Winner Grand Prix de la Somme


  • A stage and General Classification Tour du Limousin

Grand Tour Ranking


  • 2001 Post Swiss Team
  • 2002 Phonak Hearing Systems
  • 2003 Phonak Hearing Systems
  • 2004 Phonak Hearing Systems
  • 2005 Phonak Hearing Systems
  • 2006 Phonak Hearing Systems
  • 2007 AG2R Prévoyance
  • 2008 AG2R La Mondiale
  • 2009 AG2R La Mondiale
  • 2010 AG2R La Mondiale
  • 2011 AG2R La Mondiale
  • 2012 AG2R La Mondiale
  • 2013 IAM Cycling