Bernard Hinault won the Tour de France five times. He is celebrated as one of five cyclists to have won three Grand Tours. Hinault won the Tour de France in 1989, 1979. 1981, 1982 and 1985. Hinault bears the distinction of being the last French winner of the Tour de France.
Born on November 14, 1954, Hinault was nicknamed Le Blaireau (Badger) for his trademark headband that looked like a shaving brush or the back of a Badger. Hinault began his cycling career in 1974 when he became friends with Cyrille Guimard and joined his cycling team. Hinault and Guimard had a falling out in mid-1980 and he joined Swiss coach Paul Koechli's team. He competed in 1985 with a black eye after a crash with another cyclist and went on to win.
Hinault road for Gitane-Campagnolo in 1977, Renault-Elf-Gitane in 1978 through 1983 and La Vie Claire in 1984 until his retirement in 1986. After retirement Hinault moved to Brittany and is now a farmer. He worked for the Tour de France organization and appeared at the finish line to greet winners and jersey holders. Hinault worked for Look as a consultant and helped develop the clipless pedal. Hinault will be a patron with the British Team Raleight-GAC for the 2014 season.