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In the latest edition of our ‘Show us your scars’ series, we caught up with five-time Tour de France winner and all-round cycling great, Bernard Hinault to talk about one his most memorable victories at the 1980 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

That particular running of La Doyenne was held in atrocious conditions, with freezing temperature, snow and wind forcing riders into full winter gear for this ‘spring’ Classic. So bad was the weather, that edition was shortly after dubbed ‘Neige-Bastogne-Neige’(Snow-Bastogne-Snow).

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There was no stopping Hinault though, who won his second Liège by over nine minutes ahead of second place Hennie Kuiper, as the Frenchman rode solo through the treacherous conditions to the line.

Only 64 riders braved the conditions and finished that day, with many abandoning by 70km in. Hinault battled on in the snow despite losing the feeling in his fingers, something he says he still suffers from to this day.

You can watch our previous episodes of ‘Show us your scars’, featuring Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and MTN-Qhubeka’s Matt Brammeier by clicking here.

  • jsamoht

    Still The Patron… and gracious to point out the toughness of the other riders in that race