On the occasion of the release of the book “Hinault” (112 pages, €19.90), Prolongation is offering Ouest-France digital subscribers some of the content from the first issue of its new collection, published by Éditions Ouest-France, available in bookstores since September 9. Today, discover the testimony of Bixente Lizarazu. The former footballer, 1998 world champion, has forged a very strong relationship with the Badger in recent years, as he is also fond of cycling. So much so that they rode together in the Basque Country.
“I was ten years old when Bernard Hinault reigned at the top of cycling. My months of July were then punctuated by the Tour de France, which I watched in front of my television screen. In my imagination, Bernard Hinault is one of those mythical, unforgettable champions who stand the test of time. I remember his domination between 1978 and 1982 but also his duel with Greg LeMond, at the time of Vie Claire, Bernard Tapie’s team. I saw these two lions in the same team and wondered how they could live together. They marked me. »
“During my career, I saw Bernard several times, but we really met later. It was at the end of 2019, on the occasion of the film festival dedicated to cycling “Tous en Selle”. The founder of the event, Jacques Benloulou, offered me to interview Bernard there. I immediately accepted, because I found the exercise fun and the young cycling enthusiast that I was wanted to know more about Le Blaireau. I have also always enjoyed meeting sports champions from other disciplines. »
“The connection with Bernard was immediate and fluid. We have established an athlete-to-athlete relationship, based on respect and exchange. We discovered that our careers shared several similarities: the sacrifices to reach the top, the pressure to stay there, the management of success, the management of failure. The general public does not necessarily realize, but a champion is like a very good wine. At the time, we appreciate it, we savor it but we do not realize the number of years of work it takes to shape it. Bernard and I are fully aware of this. We share the value of hard work, selflessness and aggressiveness. »