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Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the driver's seat in Tour de France

...de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.The French have waited even longer for a champion ? the last was Bernard Hinault way back in 1985 ? but with three riders in the top six places, hopes are growing of at least a first podium place...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-15/italian-vincenzo-nib
Marcel Kittel outduels Mark Cavendish

...ending. He is still by far the most successful stage winner still active.Two of the riders with more stage wins ? Bernard Hinault (28) and Eddy Merckx (34) ? are long retired. The third, Andre Leducq (25), died in 1980. Cavendish came...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-07-11/marcel-kittel-outdue
Lance Armstrong's fall might help cycling

...act.Tour de France organizers declined to USADA and the UCI, cycling's governing body.Five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault was dismissive of how Armstrong's case had been handled."Frankly, I don't give a damn," Hinault told Ouest...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2012-08-24/lance-armstrongs-fal
South Africa's Daryl Impey keeps yellow jersey for another day in Tour de France

...rolled in more than 40 minutes behind Sagan, who is also an able climber and projected by five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault to become an overall contender providing he sheds some of his sprinter's bulk and trims down.Impey began the day...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-07-05/south-africas-daryl-
Britian's Mark Cavendish takes fifth stage of Tour de France

...0x2014> and he could do that on Thursday as stage six again favors sprinters.That would put him within range of Bernard Hinault's 28 wins, the second-highest total after Eddie Merckx's imperious record of 34."You have to show the Tour...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-07-03/britians-mark-cavend
Chris Froome wins 100th Tour de France

...planet. To win the 100th edition is an honor beyond any I've dreamed," he said.Five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain joined Froome on the podium.None of the 100th edition's podium finishers have ever failed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-07-21/chris-froome-wins-10
Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey

...at the Tour de France in a stage won by Discovery Channel teammate Paolo Savoldelli. Armstrong tied French great Bernard Hinault. Only Eddy Merckx, with 111, has won more yellow jerseys. Merckx, Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Jacques Anquetil...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/07/21/oth_459246.shtml
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Armstrong beats Ullrich in time trial to lock up fifth straight Tour title

...signifying his overall lead in the Tour de France with just one stage left. Right then, five-time race champion Bernard Hinault leaned over and delivered the accolade Armstrong's been after since he began cycling: "Welcome to the club...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/07/27/oth_382326.shtml
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Armstrong is 'strong and prepared' for Tour de France

...begins in Paris on July 5. Others who won five times, but not consecutively, are Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault and Belgian Eddy Merckx. "These are legends of cycling, pillars of our sport. It's understandable people draw...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/09/oth_377988.shtml
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Frenchman remains humble with lead

...return home for the first time since 1985, the last of Bernard Hinault's five victories.Voeckler's retort: Don't...Tour," Voeckler said. "It's true that since Bernard Hinault, the French people want a winner. I really sense...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2011-07-17/frenchman-remains-hu