Jean-François Bernard

Jean-François Bernard (born 2 May 1962 at Luzy, Bourgogne, France) is a former French professional road bicycle racer.

Jean-François Bernard
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Personal information
Full nameJean-François Bernard
Born (1962-05-02) 2 May 1962 (age 58)
Bourgogne, France
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll Rounder
Professional teams
1984-1986La Vie Claire
1996Agrigel-La Creuse
Major wins
Grand Tour
Tour de France
Combination classification (1987)
3 individual stages (1986, 1987)
Giro d'Italia
4 individual stages (1987, 1988)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (1990)

Stage Races

Paris–Nice (1992)
Critérium International (1992)


He turned professional in 1984 for La Vie Claire, led by Bernard Hinault. He was seen as Hinault’s successor as a winner of stage races from 1986.

He competed in the team time trial event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[1]

Bernard wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification in the 1987 Tour de France and won two stages, both time trials, including one on Mont Ventoux. He finished the race third behind Stephen Roche of Ireland and Pedro Delgado of Spain and was in contention all the way to the end in what still remains among the closest Tours in history.

He won three stages in the 1988 Giro d'Italia and led the race, but he crashed in a tunnel, injured his back and abandoned the race. The next year he needed an operation and months of recuperation for fibrosis in his left knee.

A saddle sore and another operation forced him out of the 1990 Tour de France.[2] He never again challenged in the grands tours. In 1991 he joined the Spanish team, Banesto which had two leaders for stage races in Delgado and Miguel Indurain. Bernard helped Indurain dominate the Tour.

Bernard won the 1992 Paris–Nice.

Bernard retired at the end of 1996 with 52 professional wins. He is now a consultant for L'Équipe, L'Équipe TV and Eurosport. In 2005 a race, La Jean-François Bernard, was organised in the Nièvre region of Bourgogne as part of the Trophy of Bourgogne, an amateur competition.[3] He is the father of racing cyclist Julien Bernard.[4]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Road race, National Amateur Road Championships
1st Coppa Sabatini
1st Stage 6a Tour de Suisse (ITT)
1st Stage 16 Tour de France
1st   Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Grand Prix de Rennes
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st   Combination classification
1st Stages 18 (ITT) & 24 (ITT)
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 8 & 15 (ITT)
1st Overall Ronde d'Aix en Provence
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 14 (ITT) Vuelta a España
1st Stage 7b (ITT) Paris–Nice
4th La Flèche Wallonne
1st   Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 7b (ITT)
1st   Overall Critérium International
1st   Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd GP Ouest–France
8th Overall Paris–Nice

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
  Tour de France 12 3 DNF DNF 14 39 49 17 34
  Giro d'Italia 16 DNF 14
  Vuelta a España 59 DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jean-François Bernard". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  2. ^ "French hope says he'll never be a leader". International herald tribune. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Compte rendue de la Jean-Francois Bernard". Velo Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  4. ^ "In his words - Julien Bernard". Trek-Segafredo. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.

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