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Historic Overview Bernard Hinault

Rider

Overall Rank11
NameBernard HINAULT
Country
  France
Date of birth14-Nov-1954 - Yffiniac (Bretagne)
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Biography

Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault (pronounced [bɛʁ.naʁ i.no]; born 14 November 1954) is a French former professional road cyclist. With 147 professional victories, including five times the Tour de France, he is often named among the greatest cyclists of all time. In his career, Hinault entered a total of thirteen Grand Tours. He abandoned one of them while in the lead, finished in 2nd place on two occasions and won the other ten, putting him one behind Merckx for the all time record. No rider since Hinault has achieved more than seven.

Hinault started cycling as an amateur in his native Brittany. After a successful amateur career, he signed with the Gitane–Campagnolo team to turn professional in 1975. He took breakthrough victories at both the Liège–Bastogne–Liège classic and the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage race in 1977. In 1978, he won his first two Grand Tours: the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France. In the following years, he was the most successful professional cyclist, adding another Tour victory in 1979 and a win at the 1980 Giro d'Italia. Although a knee injury forced him to quit the 1980 Tour de France while in the lead, he returned to win the World Championship road race later in the year. He added another Tour victory in 1981, before completing his first Giro-Tour double in 1982.

After winning the 1983 Vuelta a España, a return of his knee problems forced him to miss that year's Tour de France, won by his teammate Laurent Fignon. Conflict within the Renault team led to his leaving and joining La Vie Claire. With his new team, he raced the 1984 Tour de France, but lost to Fignon by over ten minutes. He recovered the following year, winning another Giro-Tour double with the help of teammate Greg LeMond. In the 1986 Tour de France, he engaged in an intra-team rivalry with LeMond, who won his first of three Tours. Hinault retired at the end of the season. As of 2022 he is the most recent French winner of the Tour de France. After his cycling career, Hinault turned to farming, while fulfilling enforcement duties for the organisers of the Tour de France until 2016.

All through his career, Hinault was known by the nickname Le Blaireau ("The Badger"); he associated himself with the animal due to its aggressive nature, a trait he embodied on the bike. Within the peloton, Hinault assumed the role of patron, exercising authority over races he took part in.

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Badges

5 3 2 4 7 28 6 7 79 31 16 2 2 3 9 26 113

Major Victories

Tour de France 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985
Giro d'Italia 1980, 1982, 1985
Vuelta a España 1978, 1983
World Championships Road Race 1980
Paris - Roubaix 1981
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1977, 1980
Giro di Lombardia 1979, 1984
Dauphiné Libéré 1977, 1979, 1981
Amstel Gold Race 1981
Gent - Wevelgem 1977
La Flèche Wallonne 1979, 1983
Tour de Romandie 1980
G.P. des Nations 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984
Super Prestige Pernod 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Critérium International 1978, 1981
Coors Classic 1986
G.P. d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise 1982
Route Adélie de Vitré 1982
Paris - Camembert 1976
4 Jours de Dunkerque 1984
Tour de Luxembourg 1982
G.P. Pino Cerami 1983
Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana 1969 - Gran Premi València 1986
Trofeo Baracchi 1984
Tour de France - stages 1978 (3), 1979 (7), 1980 (3), 1981 (5), 1982 (4), 1984 (1), 1985 (2), 1986 (3)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1980 (1), 1982 (4), 1985 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1978 (5), 1983 (2)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1977 (2), 1979 (4), 1981 (4)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1982 (1)
Critérium International - stages 1978 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (1), 1981 (3)
Route du Sud - stages 1980 (1), 1983 (1), 1986 (1)
Coors Classic - stages 1985 (2), 1986 (2)
Route Adélie de Vitré - stages 1982 (1)
4 Jours de Dunkerque - stages 1986 (1)
Tour de Luxembourg - stages 1979 (1), 1982 (1)
More results

Seasons

Bernard Hinault - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 1975 Gitane - Campagnolo 367 110
2. 1976 Gitane - Campagnolo 807 51
3. 1977 Gitane - Campagnolo 2432 6
4. 1978 Renault - Gitane 4056 2
5. 1979 Renault - Gitane 4852 1
6. 1980 Renault - Gitane 3897 1
7. 1981 Renault - Elf 4062 1
8. 1982 Renault - Elf 3945 1
9. 1983 Renault - Elf 1520 19
10. 1984 La Vie Claire - Terraillon 3107 3
11. 1985 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 3134 3
12. 1986 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 1611 16
Overall: 33790 11