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Miguel Indurain – The king of the bike

Miguel Indurain Larraya was born in Villava on 16 July 1964. He was a professional cyclist from 1984 to 1996. He won five consecutive Tours de France (1991 to 1995), being the only cyclist who has ever managed to do so in history, two Giros d’Italia (1992 and 1993), the world time trial championship (1995), the Olympic time trial (1996) and held the hour record (1994) for two months.

Moreover, he won several one-week stage races and one-day classic races, such as the Volta a Cataluña (1988, 1991 and 1992), Paris-Nice (1989 y 1990), the Clasica de San Sebastian (1990), the Spanish Road Race Championship (1992) and the Dauphiné Libéré (1995 and 1996). To achieve these victories he stood out in time trials and was also one of the best climbers of the cycling scene.

According to the Cycling Hall of Fame he is considered to be one of the best cyclists in history (together with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Fausto Coppi).

He received the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, among other awards, in recognition to his sports career.

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