Facebook Pixel Image

ROULEUR CLASSIC - EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Bernard Hinault: The Punch

Posted on

“Pow! It all kicked off.” Bernard Hinault on the day he whacked a protesting shipyard worker at the 1984 Paris-Nice

Photographs: Offside/L'Equipe

Occasionally, a spontaneous moment occurs in a great rider’s career that comes to be seen as an encapsulation of their personality. Lance Armstrong had ‘The Look’, a glare delivered to Jan Ullrich on Alpe d’Huez as he rode away at the 2001 Tour de France after bluffing for half the day. Snidey, scheming, but brutally effective: that was the American.

 

For Bernard Hinault, it was ‘The Punch’. It happened on March 12 1984 during stage five of Paris-Nice between Miramas and La Seyne-sur-Mer through France’s south-central region of Provence.

 

On the tricky descent of the Col de l’Espigoulier, Hinault rode like a demon to get rid of race leader Robert Millar, helping to draw away 20-plus riders with him in the process.

 

But news reached the leaders that on the outskirts of La Ciotat, about 35 kilometres from the finish, dockyard workers were protesting at restructuring.

 

“We succeeded in distancing Millar; maybe I was going to win Paris-Nice,” Hinault recalls. “And then there were protesters in the middle of the road and it was all blocked.”

 

 

In the iconic Mondrian-styled jersey of La Vie Claire, Hinault sailed into the melee at the head of the escape, barely braking or loosening his toe straps like his peers.
“The workers had problems over mass redundancies, they weren’t okay with it. And boom, it all kicked off,” Bernard Hinault recalls, gold fillings glinting in the sunlight. “Pow!”

 

The most famous photograph from the subsequent frenetic seconds captures Hinault, teeth set in a grimace, right fist cocked, about to strike a cowering protester. After Hinault’s blow lands, another manifestant grabs the champion’s hair, causing him to turn around in a bid to confront his assailant.

 

Behind, leaflets are tossed into the air.
 It’s not easy throwing right hooks in metal-cleated cycling shoes – Hinault almost erroneously whacks a Panasonic rider in his way (below) – but he did his best.

 

 

 

The Frenchman is then restrained by a cravat-wearing protestor in lurid red trousers – well, it was acceptable in the Eighties – who awkwardly attempts to embrace him.

 

Hinault believes his reaction was natural. “I knew that I was losing the race, Paris-Nice, in that moment. It was the only moment in my life that I could have won it.”

 

Was it a show of his character? “Mais oui. You defend yourself against others, simply. We didn’t ask them to stop us, we were racing. We were annoyed, the race had kicked off and it was going all out.”

 

Did other riders punch protesters? “I don’t think so, no.” In the contemporary footage, you can see a Système U and La Redoute rider shoving protesters away. But flying in for full-on fisticuffs like Hinault? No chance.

 

The fracas was over in a matter of moments, yet this freeze-frame of the beast coming out in le Blaireau, all balled-up energy and aggression, has gone down in cycling folklore.

 

The man himself seems to wonder what all the fuss is about. “It’s a natural defence,” he says. “It wasn’t aggression, it’s not the rider who is aggressive. It’s the protesters going for it. It’s normal to defend yourself.

 

“After that, the race got going, but with everyone else back together, when we had held 45 seconds lead before. I lost Paris-Nice for nothing, pretty much.”

 

 

The chagrin is clear: Hinault may have won five Tours de France in his decorated career, but never a Paris-Nice title.

 

However, discussing this over 30 years on, he admits surprise at how his actions have gone down in history. “Everyone remembers that incident, they don’t remember that Paris-Nice was won by Millar that year [Ed – in fact, it was won by Sean Kelly].”

 

Hinault’s pugnacity has not waned with age. In his post-career public relations role at ASO, he memorably shoved several podium intruders off the stage, most notably on the Champs-Elysées in 2012 as Bradley Wiggins received his Tour de France trophy.

 

Even now, you don’t mess with the Badger. With Hinault now retired from the position, who is going to step up and defend the post-race ceremonies from interlopers?

 

 

This article was updated in February 2017 to reflect Hinault’s retirement.

 



89 thoughts on “Bernard Hinault: The Punch”

  1. Greetings! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if
    you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment
    form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  3. Good blog! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  4. Good blog! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  5. Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  6. Ηey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard
    work dսe to no back up. Do yoս have any solutions to
    protect against hackers?

  7. That is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

  8. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  9. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and everything. Nevertheless think about if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this site could definitely be one of the greatest in its field. Superb blog!

  10. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i’m glad to show that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed. I most without a doubt will make certain to don’t fail to remember this site and provides it a glance regularly.

  11. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome web log!

  12. Hey, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, wonderful blog!

  13. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will often come back down the road. I want to encourage one to continue your great work, have a nice evening!

  14. Great work! This is the type of information that are meant to be shared across the internet.
    Shame on the seek engines for not positioning this submit upper!
    Come on over and seek advice from my web site .
    Thank you =)

  15. I just wanted to type a simple note to thank you for those wonderful pointers you are writing at this website. My considerable internet investigation has finally been honored with really good insight to share with my companions. I would mention that we readers actually are quite fortunate to exist in a fantastic network with very many lovely individuals with valuable solutions. I feel somewhat privileged to have encountered your web site and look forward to so many more thrilling times reading here. Thanks a lot once again for all the details.

  16. Free Gems for Clash Royale 2019 is an app that promises to increase your wealth in Clash Royale by giving you as many gems and coins as you want.The way Free Gems for Clash Royale 2019 works is pretty simple: when you open the app, you’ll see three sections you need to fill in with information. In the first, you need to enter your Clash Royale username to make sure you send the gems and coins to the right account; in the second, you enter how many gems you want; and in the third, you enter how many coins you want.Once you’ve entered all this information (the numbers can be as high as you want), tap ‘accept,’ and a message will appear to confirm that the app is sending the gems and coins to your Clash Royale account.When this process is finished, you can go to your Clash Royale account and check if Free Gems for Clash Royale 2019 has made good on its promise.Free Gems for Clash Royale 2019 is a relatively trustworthy app that promises to give you more coins and gems in Clash Royale.Take your free gems HERE

  17. Download and watch for FREE the movie : A star is born (2018) HD 1080p.In the movie “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.You can download for FREE the movie: A star is born (2018) HD 1080p from here : https://tinyurl.com/y2x8gvow

  18. New Models for Free Sex Webcams online. In this section you can meet the hottest and most daring models live sex, from college girls, mature women, and all ages to enjoy live sex on webcam. Every time you want to chat live xxx on webcam and fulfill your sexual fantasies only look for the model that you like and chat with them, hot girls very accommodating, addicted to webcam, dancers who do shows chat. Our new hot chatroom models are willing to do whatever you want and completely undress before the cameras, new couples who want to have live porn in the chat. Live free webcam every day grows more and more models and participants alike, for this reason every person who enters our community will find the best models and not just girls who want to have sex and satisfy your needs, also grow models, hot men to show their cock and fuck their partners or undress, on the other hand, transsexuals, couples and gay are part of our chat rooms, remember that not only will you see you can also chat with them and ask them to do whatever you want. The hottest Girls of the moment. Every girl or boy has his style when it comes to having sex on webcam, each one can make you vibrate in an amazing way when you are in the chat room. You thought that you can have sex with international models by webcam ? this is posible , all models, both men and women, transsexual or gay are amateur, our website have a lot of girls and guys live porn professionals and best of all is you can participate. You can join and have great time here : http://tinyurl.com/veqthjk

  19. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different
    page and thought I should check things out. I like what I
    see so now i’m following you. Look forward to looking over your web page repeatedly.

  20. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that make the largest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. What’s up to every one, it’s genuinely a good for me to go to see this web site, it contains precious Information.

  22. After looking into a few of the blog posts on your web site, I honestly appreciate your way of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my website too and tell me your opinion.

  23. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do think that you ought to publish more on this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people do not discuss such subjects. To the next! Cheers!!

  24. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this web site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!

  26. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God. They deny Jesus as their Messiah, and the Bible tells us this Jewish Messiah will be the counterfiet that will bring about a false peace, and ultimatley the great tribulation.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and much more!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! God bless!

  27. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Many thanks

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published.