Paul Egli

Paul Egli ( born August 18, 1911 in Durnten; † January 23, 1997 ) was a Swiss racing driver. He was the first Swiss man who was wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

Paul Egli, a farmer's son, came through a hospital stay for cycling. Because of an inflammation of the hip joint, the doctors prescribed him exercises that he got fun of the sport. Egli began his cycling career as a cyclo-cross rider; twice he was Swiss champion in this discipline. In 1932 and 1933 he was road champion of the amateurs.

This was followed by Egli professional and as such 1937. During the road world championships in Copenhagen in 1938 and third runner-up in Valkenburg In 1936, Egli at the Tour de France in part, won the first stage and won the yellow jersey for a day; so he was the first Swiss to have managed (though he later gave up ). In two other appearances he was 29 (1937) and 31 (1938).

1934, 1935 and 1942 Egli won the prestigious Championship of Zurich. At the Tour de Suisse he took from the first host from 1933 to 1942 in part without interruption. In his last appearance in 1942 but was put on the last place, because he had driven over 15 kilometers in the slipstream of a car. The winner of this tour for the first time Ferdy Kübler, whose " mentor " Egli; the two drove some Madison competitions together.

Paul Egli 1947 came back from cycling. Until his death, he managed his family's farm.