Miguel Indurain

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Miguel Indurain in 1996

Miguel Ángel Indurain Larraya (born July 16, 1964,) was a Spanish road racing cyclist. He was a professional cyclist from 1985 to 1996. He was the first person to win the Tour de France five times in a row from 1991 to 1995. He also won the Giro d'Italia two times, in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, he cycled 53,040 kilometres in one hour, which was a new hour record. He also won the Olympic Gold medal for the time trial in 1996.

Indurain was very good at time trials. In the five Tours de France that he won, he only won two stages that were not time trials. He finished time trials much quicker than other cyclists, so he did not need to attack in mountain stages. In the 1996 Tour de France, he had a bad cold and he could not win. He retired later in 1997.

Achievements[change | edit source]

Miguel Indurain
Medal record
Representing  Spain
Road bicycle racing
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Time Trial
World Championships
Gold 1995 Duitama Elite Men's Time Trial
Silver 1993 Oslo Elite Men's Road Race
Silver 1995 Duitama Elite Men's Road Race
Bronze 1991 Stuttgart Elite Men's Road Race
Tour de France finishings
1985: Withdrew, 4th stage
1986: Withdrew, 8th stage
1987: 97th
1988: 47th
1989: 17th
1990: 10th
1991: Jersey yellow.svg1st
1992: Jersey yellow.svg1st
1993: Jersey yellow.svg1st
1994: Jersey yellow.svg1st
1995: Jersey yellow.svg1st
1996: 11th
Giro d'Italia finishings
1992: Jersey pink.svg1st
1993: Jersey pink.svg1st
1994: 3rd
Vuelta a España finishings
1985: 84th
1986: 92nd
1987: Withdrew
1988: Withdrew
1989: Withdrew
1990: 7th
1991: 2nd
1996: Withdrew, 12th stage
Major results
World Time-Trial Championship (1995)
Summer Olympics Men's Individual Time Trial (1996)
Dauphiné Libéré (1995, 1996)
Paris-Nice (1989, 1990)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1990)
Critérium International (1989)
Grand prix du Midi Libre (1995)
Volta a Catalunya (1988, 1991, 1992)
Tour de l'Avenir (1986)
Accolades
French Légion d'honneur
Prince of Asturias Awards: Sports (1992)
Active member – Laureus World Sports Academy
1995 ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year