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Hans “Hennes” Junkermann is a German professional racing cyclist. His remarkable career spanned 18 seasons, from 1956 to 1973, and left his mark on cycling history. Junkermann, who was well-known for his skill in difficult one-day races and alpine stage races, had a remarkable cycling career filled with victories, perseverance, and passion for the sport.
Hans Junkermann was born on May 6, 1934, in St. Tönis in Krefeld, Rhine Province. Junkermann’s cycling journey began to unfold when he displayed exceptional talent as an amateur. In 1954, he faced the choice of defecting to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and becoming a paid amateur. Despite the tempting offer, Junkermann opted to remain in West Germany and pursue a professional career. The decision proved pivotal, as he joined the professional ranks in the 1955 season, riding for the small Bauer team.
Junkermann’s victory in the Züri-Metzgete in May 1957 was a major turning point in his career. His maiden victory in the Tour de Suisse in 1959 demonstrated his skill in difficult stage races, a skill he repeated the next year. After wins in 1959, 1960, and 1961 while competing with Faema-Molteni under Rik Van Looy’s direction, the national road championship also became a regular victory.
Resilience was on display throughout Junkermann’s Tour de France efforts, as he finished fourth in 1960 and fifth in 1961.
In 1962, Junkermann switched to Wiel’s-Groene Leeuw, marking a new chapter in his cycling journey. Notable achievements during this period include winning the 1962 Tour de Suisse and securing third place in La Flèche Wallonne. His last significant road victory occurred in 1963 when he won the Rund um den Henninger Turm in Frankfurt.
Post-retirement in 1973, Junkermann transitioned into coaching, dedicating 25 years to nurturing young talents. His coaching stints with the RSV City Neuwied cycling team and Olympia Dortmund played a pivotal role in developing promising riders, including Erik Zabel, Udo Bolts, Rolf Aldag, Kai Hundertmarck, and Bernd Groene.
Hans Junkermann Parents
Hans Junkermann was born to August Junkermann and Rosa Junkermann.
Hans Junkermann Age, Height, Weight, Birthdate
|87 years old (as at the time of his death)
|May 6, 1934
Hans Junkermann Wife/Girlfriend
Hans Junkermann was married to Julia Serda from 6 April 1875 to 3 December 1965. Julia was an Austrian stage and film actress.
Hans Junkermann Children
There is no available information about Hans Junkermann’s children.
Hans Junkermann Net Worth
At the death of Hans Junkermann, he had an estimated net worth of about $5 million.