Bernard Thevenet

BornJanuary 10, 1948 in Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France
Height1.75 m
Weight63 kg
Professional career1970-1981
TeamsPeugeot, Gan-Mercier-Hutchinson
Major winsTour de France (1975, 1977), Dauphiné Libéré (1975, 1976), Tour de l’Avenir (1969)

Born on January 10, 1948, in Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France, Bernard Thevenet is a retired French professional cyclist. He began his professional career in 1970 and retired in 1981, during which time he rode for teams Peugeot and Gan-Mercier-Hutchinson.

Thevenet’s two Tour de France titles in 1975 and 1977 are his most notable accomplishments. In addition to these victories, he won the Dauphiné Libéré in 1975 and 1976. In 1969, he began his professional career as an amateur and won the Tour de l’Avenir.

Thevenet’s reputation as a formidable climber was instrumental in his two Tour de France triumphs. In 1975, he memorably upset Eddy Merckx, who had won the race for the previous four years running. Thevenet won by nearly three minutes, largely due to a good effort in the mountain stages. Two years later, Thevenet won the Tour de France for a second time, this time by only 32 seconds over Hennie Kuiper.

Thevenet became a television analyst in France after his retirement. Also, he was the national technical director for the French Cycling Union.

The greatest achievements of Bernard Thevenet are:

1969Tour de l’Avenir winner
1975Tour de France winner
1975Dauphiné Libéré winner
1976Dauphiné Libéré winner
1977Tour de France winner
1977Grand Prix du Midi Libre winner
1979Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré winner

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