Jean-François Bernard

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Jean-François Bernard

Jean-François Bernard (born May 2, 1962 in Luzy , France ) is a former French cyclist and national champion in cycling .


Bernard became the French amateur champion in 1983 and took part in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles with the French national team. There, the team finished sixth in the team time trial .

Immediately afterwards he turned pro in September and drove for La Vie Claire (later: Toshiba ) from 1984 to 1990 and drove the Tour de France for this team in 1986 , when his teammates Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault finished in 1st and 2nd place. In the 1987 Tour de France , Bernard won both individual time trials , including the mountain time trial on Mont Ventoux, and was third overall. In 1986 he had already won the 16th stage. He also received the red number as the most combative driver. He took part in the Tour de France a total of seven times. At the Giro d'Italia in 1988 he won three stages, including two time trials.

For the 1991 season, Bernard moved to Banesto and was one of the helpers of Miguel Indurain in his Tour de France victories in 1991 , 1992 , 1993 and 1994 . During this time he won Paris-Nice in 1992 and was third in the Monument of Cycling Liège-Bastogne-Liège .

After two years with smaller teams without any particular success, Bernard ended his sporting career at the end of the 1996 season.


Jean-François Bernard's son Julien is also a cyclist.

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