Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault says he wouldn't talk to Lance Armstrong if presented with the opportunity.

Bernard Hinault admits he would not talk to Lance Armstrong if he were to meet him, claiming the American has ‘become a stain on his glorious cycling memories’, according to AFP.

The five-time Tour de France winner, who turns 60 on Friday (November 14) believes Armstrong’s actions have given cycling an unfair reputation, with the sport always under the spotlight.

“They should look at all sports,” he told AFP. “Cycling is no more rotten than the others. People are always picking on cycling.”

“If I met [Armstrong] today I would not talk to him. I would not even say hello.”

As for his own cycling memories, Le Patron – the last French winner of the Tour – admits his achievements have given him a dream life; one he would not change for anything.

After retiring at the age of 32 to take up a public relations role with Tour de France organiser ASO, Hinault gave up the opportunity to win an unprecedented sixth Tour title.

“If tomorrow, you asked me ‘you are 20 you start again’, I would restart the same life,” he said. “I have a dream life, I wish everyone could have a life like me,” he continued.

“Would I have been happier if I had done two years more. I could have won the Tour again. But I don’t have a single regret.”

Source: AFP

  • Bob

    ive always liked Hainault but this smells of hypocrisy, and to lay the blame for cyclings ill’s on lance is ridiculous – if you haven’t read ‘put me back on my bike’ id recommend you do lol. I’d agree with him though that cycling gets singled out more than other sports & I reckon we haven’t scratched the surface of them

  • Yemi

    Within boundaries or out of, doping(cheating) is doping!!! lets not colour facts. Then it was norm so was acceptable, but since it was being cleaned up things started changing but as was said ask Richard Virenque etc who denied vigorously during his time but eventually confessed yet still a darling in France, common men lets not deceive ourselves and be one rule for one and another for the others thats being hypocritical, check the history of cycling properly and you will find they were all at it, thing is from day one Lance was not liked anyways and he never made any effort to be. What he did was wrong, but show me one person who says he is clean and i’ll show you a Liar…

    During his time Eddy Merckx was also a thug and a bully(who knows what else), he too was very intimidating during his time (you can confirm it too)….Please check the history of cycling… Let not one

    person come here like they are saints or some crap like that, its BS…

  • Steph Durant

    But they did it within bounds.

    Lance did it well beyond, and for that he got taken down.

    Lance wasn’t just a doper. He was a profound liar, cheater, coercer, briber, and all-around thug.

  • garciadb

    Hah! Another one bites the bait. Reading between the lines, this is so similar as to admitting he ALSO cheat and took banned drugs. He’s just pissed of Lance for getting caught, that’s all.

  • athousandmonkeys

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Bernard Hinault’s sure one to talk! What a pathetic, deluded HYPOCRITE!

  • Yemi

    Majority of this old school guys are hypocrites, they were all doping EVERY single one of them, remember when He (Hinault) once lead a demonstration during his time (because of the hours each day they had to ride and could only be possible on pills etc, even Eddie Merckx i doubt was clean) when cycling and he said to the Organizers then “do you think we can survive on water alone” and they were all using pills, Lance is being made a scape goat cause he was more successful at it than they were. Should have kept his mouth shut, now he’s lost my respect showing what a hypocrite he is…. BS! Pot calling kettle black.

  • Per Hansen

    Do you remember Hinault about these French riders as part of the French doping history and destroyed cycling sport’s reputation, it’s longer than that but just to name a few!
    Philippe Gaumont -Laurent-Remy Di Gregorio Jimmy Casper-Philippe GAUMONT-
    Richard Virenque
    Laurent BROCHARD
    Laurent Dufaux
    Pascal HERVE
    Laurent Jalabert.
    Laurent Fignon
    Hinault have been always pure, no, I do not believe a minute of it.

  • Guest

    Do you remember Hinault on dissse French riders as part of the French doping history and destroyed cycling sport’s reputation, it’s longer than that but just to name a few!
    Philippe Gaumont -Laurent-Remy Di Gregorio Jimmy Casper-Philippe GAUMONT-
    Richard Virenque
    Laurent BROCHARD
    Laurent Dufaux
    Pascal HERVE
    Laurent Jalabert.
    Laurent Fignon
    Hinault have been always pure, no, I do not believe a minute of it.
    Fortryd redigeringer

  • elan

    He would talk to the Festina team of course,and the rest.One thing is certain Armstrong would not go over the line with him holding his arms up.

  • Eriana

    Oh, the hypocrisy! Hinault is a client of Bernard “Dr. Mabuse” Sainz (Virenque, Vandenbroucke among others) and was suspended in ’82 for refusing to submit to doping control. But yeah…”not a single regret”…

  • WoobaGoobaWithTheGreenTeeth

    “Would I have been happier if I had done two years more. I could have won the Tour again.” The Badger seems to forget Lemond at the Tour in the mid-80s.