Louison Bobet was born in the Brittany province of France on March 12, 1925. Bobet was a great champion and a complete rider.
Bobet was the first rider to win three consecutive Tour de France titles. He did this in 1953, 1954, and 1955. He was also 3rd in the 1950 race and won the Mountains Jersey that same year.
Bobet was 2nd to Gastone Nencini by 19 seconds in the 1957 Giro d’Italia. Bobet also won the Mountains Jersey in 1951.
Bobet won the World Championship Road Race in 1954, was 2nd in 1957 and 1958, and was 5th in 1950.
Bobet won Paris-Roubaix Classic in 1956, was 2nd in 1951, and 3rd in 1955.
He also won the Milan-San Remo Classic in 1951, the Tour of Flanders Classic in 1955, and the Tour of Lombardy Classic in 1951. In all, he won four out of five of cycling's monuments.
In addition to the four monuments (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Lombardy, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix), he won numerous other major races.
His resume, though not as long as others, is one of a great all round rider who could win in the Grand Tours, the World Championship Road Race and the major classics.