The Tour de France is an incredible race showing strength, determination and perseverance. The following men have excelled and made themselves stand out among all the other winners of the Tour de France.
• Jacques was born on January 8, 1934 and he died on November 18, 1987.
• He was the first racer to wind five victories in the Tour de France 1961-1964.
• He won a total of 200 road races during his cycling career.
• He was viewed as an emotionless machine.
• He wasn’t viewed as a determined cyclist by the French public.
• He was viewed as a partier and a lover of wine and fine foods.
• His nickname is “The Cannibal” because he has an insatiable appetite for victory. He has won most important cycling races.
• He was born on June 17, 1945.
• He rode thirteen seasons and dominated the cycling world for ten of those years and won the Amateur World Championship Road Racein 1964. He became a professional in 1965.
• He won the Tour five times 1969-1972 and 1974.
• A phenomenal French cyclist.
• Often called “Le Blaireau” or “The Badger” which describes his character as one who never gives up even when the odds are against him.
• He won the Tour in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985.
• In 1983 he suffered a knee injury so he would not be able to compete despite already winning several races that year. The knee injury kept him from winning again in 1984. His legs were just not powerful enough to beat Frenchman Laurent FIgnon.
• He has written a book along with Claud Genzling entitled, “Road Racing-Training and Technique”
• Miguel Angel Indurain Larraya was born in the village of Vilava in the province of Navarre in July 1964.
• He was not raised in a sports environment but rather on his parents’ farm.
• He has three sisters and one brother.
• Miguel was more interested in football than in cycling as a child.
• He started cycling in 1980 and within three years he was a Spanish Amateur Road Racing Champion.
• In 1984 Miguel had won 14 races and turned professional.
• He has a physique that is not common in the racing world. He is 6’2″ and 176 pounds. He has had nicknames such as Miguelon-Big Miguel. The English called him BigMig.
• He has a lung capacity of 8 liters and a resting pulse rate of 29 beats per minute which makes him ideal for this endurance competition.
• His first tour was in 1985.
• He is the first rider in the history of the Tour de France to win five consecutive years 1991-1995. This made him a sports icon and legend in Spain.
• Lance is from Plano, Texas and he began cycling at an early age.
• His first win was the Kids Triathlon at age 13 and then turned professional when he was just 16.
• In 1991 he was the U.S. National Amateur Champion and then turned professional.
• After turning pro he had a USPRO Championship title and numerous wins.
• In 1996 he was the number 1 ranked cyclist in the world and competed on the U.S. Cycling Team in the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games
• Lance was then diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer which had spread to his lungs and brain and he was given a 50/50 change of survival.
• He survived his cancer diagnosis with a new outlook on life and new determination.
• After an unsuccessful run in 1998 he returned to the cycling world in 1999 with new determination and a specific goal of winning the Tour de France.
• Winning the race made him a hero and an inspiration for cancer survivors everywhere.
• He continued to win 6 additional races.
• He won the Tour de France from 1999-2005.