Bernard Hinault


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Hinault, Bernard

(bĕrnär` ēnō`), 1954–, French cyclist, b. Yffignac. Turning professional in 1977, he had more than 200 race victories and is best known as the third in his sport to win the Tour de France five times (1978–79, 1981–82, 1985). A skilled time trial sprinter and a powerful climber, he was world champion in 1980 and also won the Giro d'Italia (1980, 1982, 1985) and the Vuelta a España (1978, 1983). After retiring, he served (1986–94) as technical adviser to the Tour de France.
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As ever, William Fotheringham, author of two excellent cycling biographies, of Eddie Merckx and Tom Simpson, gives it both barrels in another superb account, this time of Bernard Hinault, the last Frenchman to win the Tour.
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The possibility of a first French victor since Bernard Hinault in 1985 is no longer pie in the sky after Thomas Voeckler, having been traded for decent money at 1,000 on Betfair, zestfully retained his lead.
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Armstrong has shown in the past that nothing is impossible by becoming world champion in 1993 before beating cancer and then deleting the names of greats Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain from the record books.
The American, riding for the US Postal team, claimed his fifth Tour title to join an elite group of cyclists, including legends Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain who have achieved the feat.
The Texan is looking to match the achievements of Miguel Indurain, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil in winning cycling's greatest test on five occasions.