Today is Bernard Hinault's birthday. Born 11th November 1954. professional Cyclist from 1975-86. He only ever rode for two teams! Gitane/Renault from '75-83 and La Vie Claire '84-86. His nickname was 'le Blaireau' or 'the Badger' in English. A fierce competitor who took no prisoners and showed a battling spirit long gone from French racing. I long for another French rider to take this mantle over, but I fear that it may be a long time before we see the Breton's successor.