Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion.
Three decades on from his retirement, he remains the last Frenchman to win the Tour de France. His victory in 1985 marks the turning point when the nation who had dominated the first eight decades of the race they had invented suddenly found they were no longer able to win it.
Hinault is the last 'old-school' champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed the 'Badger' for his combative style, he led a cyclists' strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault's battles with team-mates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.
In Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling, number-one best-selling author William Fotheringham finally gets to the bottom of this fascinating character and explores the reasons why the nation that considers itself cycling's home has found it so hard to produce another champion.
©2015 William Fotheringham (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
A fine journey into the mind, body & sporting life of possibly the most impressive - and proud - racing cyclist... ever. Splendidly written, this book is a must read/listen for any cycling and sports fan. It offers a deeper than usual insight into winning with panache. Highly recommended.
Only very slightly marred by the mispronunciation of key names, e.g. Koechli. Fotheringham, who lived and raced in France for 2 years, and has reported on cycling for more than 20, is informed, perceptive & witty.
Trying to buy everything on CD
An interesting story filling in the many gaps of my knowledge. Just wish there had been a bit more of a wow factor but then Hinault Isn't a wow type of guy.
Very well written with lots of interesting analysis and detail
Other cycling books
Good french pronunciation and pleasant voice to listen to
No, a lot of detail to take in
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