A beautifully packaged celebration of the life of Bernard Hinault--the French former cyclist who won the Tour de France five times--through interviews, stories, and photographs.
Bernard Hinault, known as Le Blaireau, (the Badger), is one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, and the only cyclist to have won each more than once. He won the Tour de France in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1985. He came in second place in 1984 and 1986 and won twenty-eight stages, of which thirteen were individual time trials. The only other three to have achieved five Tour de France victories are Jacques Anquetil (1964), Eddy Merckx (1974) and Miguel Indurain (1995). Of these, Hinault is the only one to have finished either first or second in each Tour de France he finished.
He remains the last French winner of the Tour de France.
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Philippe Brunel is a writer and journalist for L'Equipe. His book on Merckx, Merckx Intime, was a bestseller in France.Review:
". . .[A]lready has the feel of a minor masterpiece . . . this stunning array of pictures enables you to connect directly on an emotional level with one of the most volatile and passionate of riders." ―Brendan Gallagher
“. . . [R]ecounts the 20 biggest moments in the five-time Tour de France winner's career through stories, beautiful images and recollections of former teammates – including Greg LeMond.” ―Sport
“With a foreword from 'the Badger' himself, Hinault is a beautifully produced book recounting the life of the last Frenchman to win the Tour de France, through stories and photos'” ―Cycle Sport
“Ruben Van Gucht's opus chronicles 20 episodes from Le Blaireau's career, from his emergence as a French junior champion in 1972 through to the real story behind the power struggle with Greg LeMond in the 1986 Tour” ―ProCycling
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