Bernard Hinault

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Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault (born 14 November 1954) in Yffiniac is a French cyclist who won the Tour de France five times. He is also one of only four cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, and the Vuelta a España. He is the only cyclist who has won each Grand Tour more than once. He won the Tour de France in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985. He was first in the Giro d'Italia in 1980, 1982 and 1985. He was first in the Vuelta a España in 1978 and 1983. Hinault had the nickname Le Blaireau (the Badger). Hinault says this was a local custom with cyclists when he was young. Professional cyclists used the nickname because badgers do not let go of their prey (animals they want to eat) easily. People know him as a very independent and strong man.

Professional highlights[change | edit source]

Pro Team Sponsors[change | edit source]

Main victories[change | edit source]

1977
Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Gent-Wevelgem
Grand Prix des Nations
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1978
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner stages 8, 15 and 20
3 days in yellow jersey
Jersey gold.svg Vuelta a España
Grand Prix des Nations
1979
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st place overall classification
Jersey green.svg 1st place points classification
Winner stages 2, 3, 11, 15, 21, 23 and 24
17 days in yellow jersey
Giro di Lombardia
La Flèche Wallonne
Grand Prix des Nations
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1980
Tour de France
Winner prologue, stages 4 and 5
2 days in yellow jersey
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner stage 14
5 days in pink jersey
Arc en ciel.svg World Road Cycling Championship
Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Tour de Romandie
1981
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner stages 7, 16, 20 and 22
18 days in yellow jersey
Winner Combativity award
Paris-Roubaix
Amstel Gold Race
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1982
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner prologue, stages 15, 20 and 22
12 days in yellow jersey
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner prologue, stages 3, 12, 18, 22
15 days in pink jersey
Grand Prix des Nations
1983
Jersey gold.svg Vuelta a España
La Flèche Wallonne
1984
Tour de France
Second place overall classification
Winner prologue
1 day in yellow jersey
Winner Combativity award
Giro di Lombardia
Grand Prix des Nations
Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
1985
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner prologue, stage 8
16 days in yellow jersey
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg 1st place overall classification
Winner stage 12
10 days in pink jersey
1986
Tour de France
Second place overall classification
Jersey polkadot.svg 1st place mountains classification
Winner stages 9, 18 and 20
5 days in yellow jersey
Winner Combativity award

Hinault also won the season-long Super Prestige Pernod International competition four times from 1979 to 1982, the same as Jacques Anquetil's total.

References[change | edit source]

  • Memories of the peloton by Bernard Hinault, Vitesse Press, ©1989., ISBN 0-941950-23-9
  • Hinault par Hinault by Bernard Hinault, Editions Jacob Duvernet, ©2005.