Historic Overview Bernard Hinault

Rider

Overall Rank10
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 cyclist. With a large number of victories, including five in the Tour de France, he is often named among the greatest cyclists of all times.

Hinault started cycling as an amateur in his native Brittany. His amateur career was extremely successful and he signed with the Gitane–Campagnolo team to turn professional in 1975. Entering smaller races during his first two seasons, 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, winning both 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. A knee injury forced him to quit the 1980 Tour de France while in the lead, but 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 the Tour de France, won by his teammate Laurent Fignon. Tensions within the Renault team led to his departure and he joined La Vie Claire. With his new team, he raced the 1984 Tour de France, being comprehensively beaten by Fignon. He bounced back 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 inter-team rivalry with LeMond, who won his first of three Tours. Hinault retired shortly thereafter. He remains the most recent French winner of the Tour de France. After his cycling career, Hinault turned to farming, while fulfilling representative duties for the organisers of the Tour de France, a position he held until 2016.

Throughout his career, Hinault was known by the nickname le blaireau, a term translated in English as "badger", while the original French can also mean "shaving brush". He associated himself with the animal on the grounds of its aggressive and fightful nature, a trait he embodied on the bike. Within the cycling field, Hinault filled the role of patron, meaning that he exercised authority over races that he took part in.

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Major Victories

Giro di Lombardia 1979, 1984
Amstel Gold Race 1981
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1977, 1980
La Flèche Wallonne 1979, 1983
Gent - Wevelgem 1977
Tour de France 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985
Giro d'Italia 1980, 1982, 1985
Vuelta a España 1978, 1983
World Championships Road Race 1980
Super Prestige "Pernod" 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Paris - Roubaix 1981
Tour de Romandie 1980
Dauphiné Libéré 1977, 1979, 1981
Critérium International 1978, 1981
G.P. d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise 1982
Route Adélie de Vitré 1982
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)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1982 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1977 (2), 1979 (4), 1981 (4)
Critérium International - stages 1978 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (1), 1981 (3)
Route du Sud - stages 1980 (1), 1983 (1), 1986 (1)
Route Adélie de Vitré - stages 1982 (1)
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Seasons

Bernard Hinault - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1975 Gitane - Campagnolo 339 114
2. 1976 Gitane - Campagnolo 759 54
3. 1977 Gitane - Campagnolo 2307 7
4. 1978 Renault - Gitane 3913 2
5. 1979 Renault - Gitane 4699 1
6. 1980 Renault - Gitane 3826 1
7. 1981 Renault - Elf 3940 1
8. 1982 Renault - Elf 3704 1
9. 1983 Renault - Elf 1479 17
10. 1984 La Vie Claire - Terraillon 2884 3
11. 1985 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 3095 3
12. 1986 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 1439 19
Overall: 32384 10