Kim Kirchen: Rider Profile

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KIM KIRCHEN

Date of birth: 03/07/1978

From: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Team: Katusha

Previous teams: Columbia (2006-2009); Fassa Bortolo (2001-2005); De Nardi (1999-2000)

Kim Kirchen career profile

Besides the Schleck brothers, Kim Kirchen is one of Luxembourg?s most famous cycling exports. This is certainly not to damn with faint praise, Kirchen is a highly accomplished cyclist.

Turning professional with the De Nardi team in 1999, it was not until 2001 that Kirchen took his professional win at the Tour of Luxembourg.

Moving to the now defunct Fassa Bortolo team, Kirchen took wins a variety of different races including the prestigious Paris-Brussels and the Tour of Poland overall, illustrating his versatility.

2008 was Kirchen?s finest year to date, with an imperious display at Flèche Wallonne followed by a spell in the yellow jersey and seventh overall in the Tour de France (after Bernhard Kohl was disqualified for doping).

Kirchen targeted the Spring Classics and the Tour de France in 2009, but his only victory came in the national time trial championships.

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Kim Kirchen results

2009
Tour of Switzerland; stage seven

National time trial champion

2008

Tour of Switzerland; stage six

Tour of the Basque Country; stage two

Tour of the Basque Country; stage four

Flèche Wallonne

National time trial champion

2007

Tour de France; stage 15

2006

Tour of Luxembourg; prologue

National road race champion

2005

Settimana Ciclista Internazionale Coppi e Bartalia; stage four

Tour of Poland; overall

Tour of Poland; stage seven

Tour of Poland; points classification

Trofeo Laigueglia

GP Chiasso

2004

Tour of Luxembourg; stage

National road race champion

2003

Paris-Brussels

2002

Tour of Holland; overall

Tour de Berne; overall

2001

Tour of Luxembourg; stage three

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