Bernard Hinault Pictorial

Bernard Hinault was one of the all-time greats and - had he not been preceded by a certain Belgian - would undoubtedly have featured in any argument over who was the greatest racing cyclist of all time. These photos portray a great career, second only to Merckx...


As part of his build up to winning the 1979 Tour of Lombardy, Hinault stretched his (and a few others') legs in Italian races.

Hinault leads Giuseppe Saronni and pink jersey Wladimiro Panizza in the 1980 Giro d'Italia.

According to the original caption to this photo of Hinault during a time trial stage of the 1980 Giro, he is using "his special bike". Er...
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Hinault shows off his rainbow jersey as he leads eventual winner Francesco Moser in the Tirreno-Adriatico 1981

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Unusual colours for King of the Mountains Hinault in the 1986 tour which he lost to team-mate Greg Lemond.
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Hinault kicks up the dust for Henni Kuiper and Roger de Vlaeminck to swallow in the 1982 Paris-Roubaix

What a b*****d! Most yellow jersies are content to promenade down the Champs Elysees and leave the final stage to the sprinters. Not Hinault, who probably made no friends when he gained his only road victory of the 1982 tour on the final stage.

Hinault bowed out somewhat ignominiously after the 1986 Tour when he failed to beat - and to help team mate Greg Lemond.
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This page last updated on 31 Jul 98