Tour de France 2007 yellow jersey

?The Frenchman who next wins the Tour de France is not born yet!? declared French 1950s star, Jean Bobet to an appreciative audience at the Pedal Club luncheon in London last week.

This frank admission to the question put by Cycling Weekly ? it is 28 years since Bernard Hinault won his fifth Tour - was the self-deprecating response the Pedal Club appreciated. Especially so because Jean, winner of the 1955 Paris-Nice, is the brother of the more famous Louison ? France?s first triple winner of the Tour.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.