French cyclist, born August 12, 1960 and passed away on August 31, 2010, in Paris. It was one of the great world stars given by the French cycling. Professional since 1982, lived his best time in the years 1983 and 1984, seasons in which attained the absolute victory in the Tour de France. In 1989 he won the Giro of Italy but he lost the Tour leader's Jersey in the last stage to his eternal rival Gregg Lemond, in addition, in its specialty: a timed stage. That same year was winner of the Giro of Italy, while on the return to Spain was seventh in 1986 and third in a 1987 stage. Trained to have become one of the largest in the history of cycling, betrayed you the excessive responsibility placed upon him: becoming heir to Bernard Hinault as maximum Dominator of the world scene. His surly and superb character alienated the sympathies of their sporting successes, and after the defeat of 1989, did not get relevant triumphs.
The Golden Book of cycling. Madrid, Banesto, 1989.