|Born||November 14, 1954 in Yffiniac, France|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Teams||Gitane-Campagnolo, Renault-Gitane, La Vie Claire|
One of the best cyclists in history, Bernard Hinault is recognized as one of the fiercest and most combative racers the sport has ever seen. He was born in 1954 in Yffiniac, France, and started riding professionally in 1975. He rapidly established a reputation as a powerful all-around racer who could do well in a variety of racing circumstances.
In 1978, Hinault won his first Tour de France; over the course of his career, he would go on to win four more. He also won a number of classic races, such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour of Lombardy, and the World Road Race Championship. He also won three Giro d’Italia editions, two Vuelta a Espaa editions, and two editions of the Vuelta a Chile.
On and off the bike, Hinault was renowned for his toughness. He frequently disagreed with race officials and fellow competitors and was not hesitant to express his opinions or defend his stance physically. Over the course of his career, he also had multiple wounds, such as a ruptured spleen, fractured nose and jaw, broken collarbone, and many others.
Although Hinault ended his career as a professional cyclist in 1986, his reputation as one of the sport’s greatest athletes endures. He continues to compete in cycling and can frequently be spotted at important competitions and events all over the world.
Bernard Hinault’s greatest achievements:
|1978||Tour de France overall winner|
|1980||Tour de France overall winner|
|1981||Tour de France overall winner|
|1982||Tour de France overall winner|
|1982||Giro d’Italia overall winner|
|1983||Vuelta a España overall winner|
|1985||World Road Race Champion|
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