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Bernard Hinault becomes patron of Team Raleigh

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Cycling News
Published:
December 15, 2013, 13:47,
Updated:
December 15, 2013, 22:59
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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 16, 2013
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Bernard Hinault will become the patron of the British Continental Team Raleigh for 2014. The five-times Tour de France winner now embraces his former rivals of Raleigh. “The TI-Raleigh team learned that it is better to have Bernard Hinault with you than against you," team manager Eric Berthou said on the arrival of Hinault.

It was Berthou, who like Hinault comes from the French region of Brittany, who contacted Hinault. "There is an obvious connection between the racing scene in Brittany and Britain, plus we’re next to the ocean and, like the British riders, open to inclement weather," Berthou explained.

"Cycling is a sport that is exported widely and we must look at the growth it has in emerging countries such as Britain," said Hinault. "Now races and teams are on the four corners of the globe, which was a building process that started in my time, making cycling an international affair."

Raleigh is a name which stands for great successes in the history of cycling. Between 1974 and 1983 the infamous TI-Raleigh team amassed 52 stage wins in the Tour de France, with 10 and 11 victories in the 1978 and 1980 editions alone. In 1980 Joop Zoetemelk won the overall classification. 

"I remember the TI-Raleigh team with Joop Zoetemelk very well," Hinault said. "In 1979 when I was in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France Joop and I found ourselves alone on a breakaway and I beat him in the sprint on the Champs Elysees. The following year Zoetemelk rode for Raleigh and he took overall victory in the Tour, still very good memories."

"It was a very good team with great riders. Now this is a new team with young people and I am sure they will go on to much success and podium places."

Cherie Pridham, the Raleigh Team director adds: "We're honoured and proud to have such a personality and legend in the cycling world working with us. With his role at the Tour de France Bernard is a massive name in professional cycling and will certainly bring a lot of interest and exposure to the team. He will be offering support and guidance, both in the UK and in his native France, and will be joining us at selected events next year."

Lord.Bachus 11 months ago
The TI Raleigh was a dutch team... (tough the sponsor was a 2nd rate UK cycle brand) In the late eighties it got split in 2 teams as Post and Raas parted ways... The team of Jan Raas evolved into Rabobank and later into the current Belkin team.. The only relation i can see with this team is the Sponsor...
Reg Oakley 11 months ago
Frames were made by Carlton Cycles who made first class lightweight bikes.
Sam Hocking 11 months ago
The Raleigh TI team frames were all made by Jan Legrand (Presto) in Amsterdam as far as I know. Raleigh owned Carlton since early 60's to create Raleigh SUBD bikes as they didn't allow Reg Harris to set it up within Raleigh as a new sub division/brand for the lightweight bikes.
cothercott 11 months ago
The team sponsor was Tube Industries. Raleigh was owned by TI. Not sure what you mean by second rate. They were large certainly and did produce good high end machines using Reynolds tubing. They were a big manufacturer before mass manufacture started in the far east and very established in the UK. The link with present day Raleigh may well be a little tenuous although TI Raleigh did have some British riders back in the day. The very talented Dave Lloyd, Sid Barras (who won a stage of the Tour de Suisse for them) and Phil Bayton initially and the classy Bill Nickson further down the line. It was hardly unusual for teams to have their frames built by boutique manufacturers - Peugeot, Mercier and others had riders who had their frames built in Italy and sprayed in team colours. If Raleigh has ambition and wants to use a bit of history it's hardly a crime and hardly unusual - good luck to them.
kr1960 11 months ago
Raleigh set up a specialist products division headed by Gerald O'Donovan and based at Ilkeston. They pioneered the use of 753 tubing (manufactured by TI, owner of raleigh). I believe they built the teams frames, though it is possible they shipped someone in from Europe. I got lucky - one found its way into our family (second hand) and the way it rode matched its gorgeous looks!. One of the best bikes I've ever ridden I'd say!
Mark Pattison 11 months ago
i think Sid was a member of the Bantel team when he won a stage of the tour de suisse
Kevin Mickus 11 months ago
Sid Barras did not ride for Raleigh, he won the first stage of the Tour de Suisse for Bantel and then finished 4th on the next state
cothercott 11 months ago
I stand corrected! Thanks
Hugh Strickland 11 months ago
Is Bernard going to share his drugs from the past with today's riders?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Do you share your hate and stupidity?
GuyIncognito 11 months ago
Yes. Liberally. Can't you tell?
cothercott 11 months ago
knob
Anonymous 11 months ago
Classy, Strickland. Real classy.
rastymick 11 months ago
Of course, every post needs a stupid doping comment. I really wonder why those people who can post only stupid doping comments follow cycling at all?
FloggerDog 11 months ago
I'm cool with your comment, Hugh. It's a fair call. Hinault is no different to LA. Would we be chuffed if LA was the patron of a team?
FloggerDog 11 months ago
I'm cool with your comment, Hugh. It's a fair call. Hinault is no different to LA. Would we be chuffed if LA was the patron of a team?
Oxygen Vector 11 months ago
Hinault? Doping? Never... He's a god... Well, Ok maybe he did refuse a doping control with his team in a Dutch crit ... (Google translate is quite useful) kranten.kb.nl/view/article/id/ddd%3A010622071%3Ampeg21%3Ap009%3Aa0170
TheStaz 11 months ago
Never trust Google Translate!
rshimizu12 11 months ago
I am bit surprised that Hinault would get involved with a team after all this time. I am even more surprised that he is not helping a French team. It's a good thing in any case.
Anonymous 11 months ago
HInault has been involved with cycling since the day he stopped racing. What have you done to advance cycling? Or is complaining the limit of your abilities?
Brian Handy 11 months ago
um, I think you're the one who's actually complaining!
Sam Hocking 11 months ago
The team is run by a fellow Breton and Berthou is bringing several French riders into the team. Britain is seeing the biggest growth in road racing out of any country at the moment, so good for ASO, good for Hinault & good for Raleigh & Berthou. Everyone's a winner!
FaustoCoppi 11 months ago
Hinault was a successful doper
Anonymous 11 months ago
Your a semi successful A_HOLE
FaustoCoppi 11 months ago
and you are a complete a_hole. Smooch me boohole
wigvelo 10 months ago
"Fausto" grow up.
FloggerDog 11 months ago
yes, he was. It's a simple fact. Don't worry about people who want to live in their little dreamworld.
Raskol 11 months ago
FloggerDog, lots of us haven't been living under rocks waiting to be exposed to the light by people like you. Alot of us in this life have even gained a degree of maturity. "But but but but . . . doping . . . but but but but . . . "
Raskol 11 months ago
Why do some people bother with cycling? Answer - to release some of their frustrations & inflict them on the rest of us by going on about drugs. We all know pro-cycling from the early days was insanely hard and got enmeshed with drugs, however little they actually knew about what they were doing. The sight however of someone imagining he's scoring off the wider world by pointing fingers at every chance is pretty pathetic. From a guy calling himself Fausto Coppi. . . . "Did you know that Fausto was actually a . . . " Yeah, yeah, we knew that.
Alan Cote 11 months ago
"... the infamous TI-Raleigh team amassed 52 stage wins in the Tour de France..." Infamous means notoriously bad.
wrinklyvet 11 months ago
I wondered as I read it who would spot this one. These little errors seem very common. Famous yes, infamous no.
Uncle John 11 months ago
...and didn't Dave LLoyd and " Legs" Lambert ( Keith) ride for them ?
Avoriaz 11 months ago
Phil Bayton, not keith lambert. Both Bayton and Lloyd were in a 100 mile break in the Milan San Remo sometime in the 70s.
rshimizu12 11 months ago
It will be interesting to see how active of a role Hinault plays with Team Raleigh. Team Raleigh does not have any notable riders. So perhaps wants the challenge of helping to develop young talent.
cothercott 11 months ago
Not sure what all this sneering about Hinault and TI Raleigh is all about. We now know that the norm in that era (and previously) was for some readers at least to take various stimulants. The science being what it was the effects were probably as psychological as they were physiological. I doubt there will ever be any 'true' picture of who did what. So what? They were hard men. They trained hard and raced hard. TI Raleigh certainly had their moments and some great riders - Knetemann, Raas, Lubberding, Priem, Karstens, Kuiper, Zoetemelk, Van de Velde. And Hinault? Arrogant, bad tempered and domineering certainly but charismatic and obstinate and hungry all year round. I wish there were more like him around now.
Oxygen Vector 11 months ago
"The science being what is was the effects were probably as psychological as they were physiological" From Hinault's own lips, in an interview: "Moser made use of autotransfusion. So he was playing with his own blood. He did no more no less that the Finnish athletes, Lasse Viren and the others. It suffices to take some of ones own blood during the spring when it is rich, hyperoxygenated, and to reinject it when one is fatigued. Is that really doping? Maybe not, except if the blood is placed into a machine to reoxygenate it to the maximum. " Im sure the psychological effects of blood doping didn't escape the "Badger"
Anonymous 11 months ago
I hate hinault and I hate Ti raleigh and I hate all dopers and all cyclists are dopers. And I hate cyclingnews so I come here to tell them how much I hate them.
Rustywingnut 11 months ago
Sounds like your a first class knob, go and crawl back under the rock from which you came from
wrinklyvet 11 months ago
Come on - you're 'aving a larf!
DeeCeeee 11 months ago
Well I guess we know where you are coming from!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Geez guys grow a sense of humor. Or turn on your sarcasm radar.
wrinklyvet 11 months ago
Yep, that's what I did ;-)
cothercott 11 months ago
Sarcasm has at least a modicum of wit about it. You don't.
cothercott 11 months ago
Ignore my last ;)
Raskol 11 months ago
I thought Anonymous' sarcasm was very well-directed.
Tony M 10 months ago
"Quote" thingies might have helped one or two detect your mimicing comment
FloggerDog 11 months ago
Doper. LA is wrong that he's been unfairly treated when he compares himself to Tyler Hamilton et al. But he has a point if we bring Hinault, Merckx, Indurain etc into the equation. LA is no worse than them. They won multiple tours and got rich on the back of cheating. They should receive similar treatment. If LA is not allowed to be involved in the sport, why should Hinault??
aeromono 11 months ago
then Hitler was no worse than Pol Pot, who was no worse than Stalin, who was no worse than Idi Amin, who was no worse than George Bush. BOOM - moral relativism at it's finest! Everyone is equally bad...
Kevin Mickus 11 months ago
please don't disrespect Hitler, Pol, Idi and Stalin by including with bush
cothercott 11 months ago
Relativism is pointless in this case. Especially since FloggerDog is guessing and making wild assumptions.