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Miguel Induráin Photo Gallery

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Miguel Induráin (born June 16, 1964) was the dominating Grand Tour rider of the 1990s. He is the only rider to win five consecutive Tours de France (1991-1995). Each of his two Giro d'Italia victories came before going on to win the Tour de France, making him one of seven riders to perform the Giro-Tour double.

Like Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, he was a superb time trialist, a skill that let him ride most of his races defensively, and therefore economically. Generally, riders who could drop Induráin in the mountains were crushed in the races against the clock. Though not a specialist climber, given his size (1.88 meters - 6' 2"), his ability to ascend the high mountains was astonishing. His high pedaling cadence was also unusual in such a big man. Induráin rarely betrayed any sign of effort or stress when he raced.

He turned pro in the fall of 1984 and though he had some high value wins (such as two Paris-Nice victories) during the first part of his professional career, nothing seemed to point to his ownership of the Tour de France starting in 1991.

In the final 500 meters of the 1991 Tour's stage 13 ascent ascent of the Tourmalet, Greg LeMond, who had been leading since stage 8, slid back from the leading group, which included Induráin. That afternoon Induráin was in yellow. That moment on the Toumalet signalled the transition from the LeMond era to the near total hegemony of Miguel Induráin.

He attempted a sixth Tour victory but was suffering from bronchitis when the 1996 edition began. He eventually finished the 1996 Tour eleventh, more than 14 minutes behind winner Bjarne Riis. He recovered to win the gold medal in the individual time trial at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

He abandoned the 1996 Vuelta a España that fall and officially retired January 1, 1997.

Major victories and high placings:

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Professional Teams:

1984-1985: Reynolds
1986: Reynolds-Reynolon
1987: Reynolds-Seur
1988-1989: Reynolds
1990-1996: Banesto

Nicknames: Big Mig, El Rey, The Giant of Navarro, The Big Quiet One, Miguelón


Photos:

Indurain at the 1985 Baracchi Trophy

Miguel Induráin at the 1985 Baracchi Trophy.

Indurain finishes stage 11 of the 1990 Tour de France

Induráin finishes at l'Alpe d'Huez in stage 11 of the 1990 Tour de France.

Miguel Indurain riding the stage 12 time trial of the 1990 Tour de France

Induráin riding to a credible third place in the stage 12 time trial finishing in Villard de Lans in the 1990 Tour de France.

Miguel Indurain after stage 15 of the 1991 Tour de France

Miguel Induráin in yellow after stage 15 in Gap in the 1991 Tour de France.

Indiran races in the 1991 Tour de France

1991 Tour de France, stage 16: Induráin leads Gianni Bugno (in Italian champion's jersey) to L'Alpe d'Huez.

Indurain rides the final timr trial of the 1991 Tour de France

Miguel Induráin puts the 1991 Tour de France on ice by winning the final time trial in Mâcon.

Miguel Indurain and his team celelbrate his Tour victory

Induráin and his team celebrate his 1991 Tour de France victory on the Champs Elysées.

Indurain riding the 1992 Giro prologue

1992 Giro d'Italia: Induráin rides the prologue in Genoa.

Indurain at the 1992 Giro, stage 3

Induráin in pink after stage 3 of the 1992 Giro d'Italia.

Indurin in stage 4 of the 1992 Giro

Riding the stage 4 time trial of the 1992 Giro.

Indurain finishes the 6th stage of the 1992 Giro

Induráin in pink finishes the 1992 Giro's 6th stage at Melfi.

 

Indurain climbs to Corvara alta badia in the 1992 Giro d'Italia

Climbing to Corvara Alta Badia in stage 12 of the 1992 Giro d'Italia.

Miguel Indurain

Now climbing to Monte Bondone in stage 13 of the 1992 Giro.

Claudio Chiappucci keeps an eye on Indurain in stage 18 of the 1992 Giro

Claudio Chiappucci keeps an eye on Induráin in stage 18 of the 1992 Giro d'Italia.

Indurain wins the 1992 Giro final time trial

Miguel Induráin wins the final time trial in Milan, clinching the ownership of the 1992 Giro d'Italia.

Indurain in yellow in the 1992 Tour de France

1992 Tour de France, stage 13: Miguel Induráin in Yellow after the stage finishes in Sestriere.

Miguel Indurain climbs to l'Alpe d'Huez

Stage 14 of the 1992 Tour de France: Shadowed by Claudio Chiappucci in polka dots, Induráin climbs to l'Alpe d'Huez.

Miguel Indirain rides the final stage of the 1992 Topur de France

Induráin rides down the Champs Elysées in yellow at the end of the 1992 Tour de France.

1992 Tour de France final podium

1992 Tour de France final podium, from left: Claudio Chiappucci, Miguel Induráin and Gianni Bugno.

Miguel Indurain finishes 1993 Giro stage 10

A rare show of effort from Induráin. Here he finishes the stage 10 time trial in Senigallia during the 1993 Giro d'Italia.

Miguel indirain and Giranni Bugno in stage 13 of the 1993 Giro

Miguel Induráin (Banesto kit) and Gianni Bugno (rainbow jersey) on the road to Asiago in stage 12 of the 1993 Giro d'Italia.

Miguel indirain in the Dolomites during the 1993 Giro

Racing in the Dolomites: Induráin descends a pass on the road to Corvara Alta Badia during stage 14 of the 1993 Giro d'Italia.

Indurain time trialing in the 1993 Giro

Induráin is in pink as he time trials to Sestriere in stage 19 of the 1993 Giro d'Italia.

1993 Giro d'Italia

1993 Giro d'Italia. Claudio Chiappucci in the green climber's jersey marks pink-clad Induráin.

1993 Giro d'Italia final podium

1993 Giro d'Italia final podium, from left: Piotr Ugrumov, Miguel Induráin and Claudio Chiappucci.

Tony Rominger leads Miguel Indurain nstage 10 of the 1993 Tour de France

Tony Rominger leads Miguel Induráin on the road to Serre Chevalier in stage 10 of the 1993 Tour de France.

Indruain rides stage 17 of the 1993 Tour de France

Induráin digs deep on the road to Pau in stage 17 of the 1993 Tour de France. I'm pretty sure that's Claudio Chiappucci in the foreground.

Indriain on the podium of the 1993 World Championships with Lance Armstrong and Olaf Ludwig

1993 World Road Championships in Oslo, Norway. Winner Lance Armstrong on the podium with second-place Induráin and third place Olaf Ludwig.

Indurain rides the 1994 Giro d'Italia

Zoom! Induráin races to Follonica in the 1994 Giro d'Italia stage 8 time trial.

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Marco Pantani leads Induráin and Nelson Rodriguez to Aprica in stage 15 of the 1994 Giro d'Italia.

Richard Virenque leads Miguel Indurain in the 1994 Tour de France

Richard Virenque in polka dots leads yellow jersey's Induráin on the road to Carpentras in stage 15 of the 1994 Tour de France.

Alez Zulle, Miguel Indurain and Richard Virenque in the 1994 Tour de France

Alez Zülle lead Induráin and Richard Virenque to Val Thorens in stage 17 of the 1994 Tour de France

Miguel Indurain

No sign of effort. Miguel Induráin time trials to Morzine-Avoriaz in stage 19 of the 1994 Tour de France.

Indriain at the 1995 Tour de France

1995 Tour de France: Getting ready to ride the stage 8 individual time trial in Saraing.

Miguel Indirain riding to La Plagne in the 1995 Tour deFrance

Induráin riding to La Pagne in stage 8 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Indurain and Zulle in the 1995 Tour de France

Induráin leads Alex Zülle to Guzet Neige in stage 14 of the 1995 Tour de France.

World Road Championships podium

1995 World Road Championships podium, from left: second place Miguel Induráin, winner Abraham Olano and third place Marco Pantani.

Indurain in the 1996 Tour de France

Induráin climbs to Les Arcs in stage 7 of the 1996 Tour de France.

Indruain races to Sestriere in the 1996 Tour de France

Stage 9 of the 1996 Tour de France. Induráin leads Tony Rominger, Richard Virenque and Jan Ullrich to the finish at Sestriere.

Indurain on the the road to LKourdes/Hautacam

Induráin limiting his losses on the road to Lourdes/Hautacam in stage 16 of the 1996 Tour de France.

Miguel Inuirain rides the stage 20 time trial in the 1996 Tour de France

Induráin riding his last Tour de France time trial, stage 20 of the 1996 Tour.

Indurain at teh 2013 Vuelta

Induráin at stage 13 of the 2013 Vuelta a España. Vincenzo Nibali wear's the leader's jersey.

Chairman Bill and Induráin at the 2013 Interbike show

A puzzled-looking Chairman Bill with Miguel Induràin at the 2013 Las Vegas Interbike show.

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