Kim Kirchen, Bio
Born: 3rd July, 1978
Home: Luxembourg City
Following tremendous success in cycling as a teenager Kim Kirchen found himself in the newly developed Sport Section of the Luxembourg Army. He was one of the first three to be accepted into the Sports Section of the Luxembourg Army and after three months of basic training he was exempted from further active military service to become proficient at their sport to represent the Army.
In 1998, he joined the Italian squad De Nardi, where his colleague Benoit Joachim was already a licensed cycling professional. He spent the majority of the year in Italy and rarely returned home to family and friends in Luxembourg. Kirchen signed as a professional cyclist in 2000 with De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa, and went on to join Fassa Bortolo in 2001. His first professional victory was also in 2000 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 8th in the general classification and wearing the coveted yellow jersey for a total of three stages.
1st, Stage 15, Tour de France, 2007
Stage 6, Tour de Suisse, 2008
1st, Fleche Wallone, 2008
8th, Overall, Tour de France, 2008
2009: 1st, Tour de Suisse Stage 7
2009: National Time Trial Champion