Louison Bobet

BornMarch 12, 1925 in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France
DiedMarch 13, 1983 in Biarritz, France
Professional career1947-1961

Louison Bobet was a French professional road cyclist who was born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France, on March 12, 1925. He began working professionally in 1947 and retired in 1961. Bobet is most remembered for his three consecutive Tour de France victories in 1953, 1954, and 1955. He became the first cyclist in history to win the Tour de France three times in a row.

Bobet was a highly disciplined cyclist recognized for his mental fortitude and capacity to suffer while on the bike. He was also an excellent climber and mountaineer. Bobet won several other famous events in addition to the Tour de France, including the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Paris-Nice, and the Grand Prix des Nations.

Bobet was a successful businessman as well as a talented rider. In the 1950s and 1960s, he founded his own bike gear firm, which proved highly successful. Bobet was also a writer and journalist who wrote several books about cycling and his own cycling exploits.

Bobet’s life, unfortunately, was not without tragedy. He was deeply saddened by the death of his son, Bernard, in an automobile accident in 1981. Bobet died of cancer in Biarritz, France, on March 13, 1983.

The following are Louison Bobet’s most notable accomplishments:

1953Winner of the Tour de France
1954Winner of the Tour de France
1955Winner of the Tour de France
1955Winner of the World Road Race Championship
1956Winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1958Winner of Paris-Nice
1958Winner of the Grand Prix des Nations

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