Jean-François Bernard

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Jean-François Bernard
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Personal information
Full name Jean-François Bernard
Born (1962-05-02) May 2, 1962 (age 52)
Bourgogne, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All Rounder
Professional team(s)
1984-1986
1987-1990
1991-1994
1995
1996
La Vie Claire
Toshiba
Banesto
Chazal
Agrigel-La Creuse
Major wins
Paris–Nice 1992
Critérium International 1992
Infobox last updated on
October 13, 2007

Jean-François Bernard (born May 2, 1962 at Luzy, Bourgogne, France) is a former French professional road bicycle racer. He turned professional in 1984 for La Vie Claire, led by Bernard Hinault. He was seen as Hinault’s successor as a winner of stage races from 1986.

Bernard wore the maillot jaune in the 1987 Tour de France and won two stages, both time trials, including one on Mont Ventoux. He finished the race third behind Stephen Roche of Ireland and Pedro Delgado of Spain.

He won three stages in the 1988 Giro d'Italia and led the race, but he crashed in a tunnel, injured his back and abandoned the race. The next year he needed an operation and months of recuperation for fibrosis in his left knee.

A saddle sore and another operation forced him out of the 1990 Tour de France.[1] He never again challenged in the grands tours. In 1991 he joined the Spanish team, Banesto which had two leaders for stage races in Delgado and Miguel Indurain. Bernard helped Indurain dominate the Tour.

Bernard won the 1992 Paris–Nice.

Bernard retired at the end of 1996 with 52 professional wins. He is now a consultant for L'Équipe, L'Équipe TV and Eurosport. In 2005 a race, La Jean-François Bernard, was organised in the Nièvre region of Bourgogne as part of the Trophy of Bourgogne, an amateur competition.[2]

Palmarès[edit]

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Yellow jersey Tour 12 3 WD - WD 14 39 49 17 34
Pink jersey Giro - 16 WD - - 14 - - - -
Gold jersey Vuelta - - - - 59 - - WD - WD

WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French hope says he'll never be a leader". International herald tribune. Retrieved 2007-10-13. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Compte rendue de la Jean-Francois Bernard". Velo 101.com. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 

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