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Miguel Induráin

Full name: Miguel Ángel Induráin Larraya
Nickname(s): Miguelon / El Rey / Big Mig
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: July 16, 1964 in Villaba, Navarra, Spain
Affiliations: Banesto, (ESP)
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Miguel Indurain was the fourth man, after Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, and Bernard Hinault, to win the Tour de France five times, but Indurain went further with five consecutive wins from 1991-95, although this was broken by Lance Armstrong who won seven consecutive from 1999-2005. Indurain also won the Giro d'Italia in 1992-93, winning the Tour-Giro double both years, a feat that had been accomplished at the time by Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Fausto Coppi, and Stephen Roche (since accomplished by [Marco Pantini] in 1998). Indurain's strength was as a time trialist, and most of his stage race wins were built by his dominance in the time trial, and he won only two Tour races in non-time trial stages. But he was also an excellent climber, who was rarely dropped in the Alps or Pyrenees. He was one of the larger riders in the professional peloton at 188 cm (6-2), which brought him the nickname "Big Mig" or "Miguelón".

Indurain first came to prominence when he won the Tour de l'Avenir in 1986. In 1989 he won Paris-Nice and the Criterium Internationale, repeating his Paris-Nice victory in 1990 as well as winning the Clásica de San Sebastián that year. Indurain also set the World Hour Record in 1994, riding 53.040 km. He later won Dauphiné-Libéré in 1995-96 and Midi-Libre in 1995, also winning the World Championship that year in the individual time trial. At the 1996 Olympic Games, he added a gold medal in the individual time trial, in the first year that Olympic cycling was open to professionals. He retired after the 1996 season.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Spain ESP AC DNF
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Spain ESP 26
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Cycling Men's Individual Time Trial Spain ESP 1 Gold

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Cycling Spain Final Standings AC DNF
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Cycling Spain Final Standings 26 at 2:48

Men's Individual Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Cycling Spain Final Standings 1 1-04:05
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