Profile Born on 16 July 1964 in Villaba, Spain, cyclist Miguel Induráin dominated the first half of the 1990s, winning the Tour de France five times in a row (1991-1995).
Induráin turned professional in 1985 and improved gradually until his first Tour de France win in 1991. He could have won the Tour earlier but Induráin fully supported his team leader Pedro Delgado. His victory in 1991 turned out to be his first of five consecutive wins in “La Grande Boucle”, making him the first cyclist ever to win the Tour five times in a row. This was only bettered later by Texan Lance Armstrong who won the Tour in seven consecutive years. Induráin is one of only five riders to win the Tour five or more times. He took 12 Tour stages and wore the yellow jersey 60 times.
Induráin, who was physically superior to most of his opponents, was an excellent time-triallist. The tall cyclist (1.88m), who was nicknamed Big Mig, successfully held onto the lead in the mountains by adopting a defensive riding style.
Induráin was not only successful in the Tour but he also won the Giro d’Italia twice (1992 and 1993). He is one of seven riders to have won the Giro and Tour in the same season and the first to do so in two years in a row.
In 1994, he was holder of the world one-hour record, cycling 53.040 kilometres in the allotted 60 minutes. Other major wins on his list of honours are the Clásica San Sebastián (1990), the inaugural Time Trial at the world championships (1995) and the Olympic time trial in 1996.