The Badger Crushes in Snow

Bernard Hinault was one of the greatest French racers of all time. He’s best remembered for winning the Tour de France five times and nearly winning a sixth thanks to epic head games he played with Greg LeMond in the 1986 edition of the race. He’s less remembered for winning a number of the biggest one-day races.

His performance in the 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, sometimes referred to by French and Belgian riders Liege de neige—the Liege of snow—is one of those days the winner deserves to be memorialized. Hinault beat the great Dutch rider Hennie Kuiper by 9:24, making his triumph all the more impressive.

Next time it snows and you think heading out is silly, have a look at this to confirm you’re right.

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