Bernard Hin­ault

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

France (1978-79, 1981-82, 1985) “As long as I breathe, I at­tack,” said Bernard Hin­ault, also known as the Badger, a rider who at­tacked on feel, of­ten to glo­ri­ous ef­fect. The man from Brit­tany was a true pa­tron of the pelo­ton, lead­ing rider protests, press­ing for bet­ter wages and work­ing con­di­tions, and even once an­nounc­ing to the field, “There will be no at­tacks to­day be­cause to­mor­row’s stage will be dif­fi­cult.” His last Tour tri­umph is in­fa­mous not only for the strain it put on his re­la­tion­ship with Amer­i­can La Vie Claire team­mate and run­nerup Greg Le­mond (Cana­dian legend Steve Bauer was also on the team and came 10th), but also for Hin­ault bat­tling on with two black eyes and a bro­ken nose af­ter a bad crash.

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