Louison Bobet

Louison Bobet ( born March 12, 1925 in Saint- Méen -le- Grand, † March 13, 1983 in Biarritz ) was a French cyclist. As the first driver Bobet won the Tour de France three times in a row.

Louison Bobet was an excellent classic driver and won almost all the major one-day races, so Milan - Sanremo ( 1951), the Tour of Lombardy (1951 ), the Tour of Flanders (1955) and Paris -Roubaix (1956).

1950 Bobet had reached the mountain Price and third overall in the Tour de France. But not until 1953 that he first won the overall classification of the Tour, ending the dominance of Italian ( Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi ) and Swiss ( Hugo Koblet, Ferdy Kübler ) racing driver at the most famous stage race in the world. Bobet repeated the Tour victory in the subsequent years 1954 and 1955 was later learned that Bobet was temporarily doped during his tour appearances without his knowledge.; this had admitted his team manager as well as his nurse.

1954 Bobet was professional world champion in the road bike World Cup in Germany Solingen.

Great admiration aroused Bobet in 1956 when he won the time the longest one-day race Paris - Bordeaux won over 552 km for after surgery on the buttocks.

His racing career ended abruptly on 15 December 1961, when he lived with his brother Jean injured in a serious car accident. He subsequently established jointly with Jean on several thalassotherapy centers. A day after his 58th birthday died Bobet cancer.

Bobet was also a strong table tennis player. He once won the championship of Brittany. The table tennis sport he gave up when he retired at the French Championships for 1942 in the first round.

1953 and 1954 he was chosen by the sports newspaper L' Équipe France's Sportsman of the Year ( " champion of champions" ). In his hometown of Saint- Méen -le- Grand, the " Musee Louison Bobet " was opened.