Frans Louison Bobet is one of the best cyclists ever. He succeeded in the early fifties of the last century, three years in a row to win the Tour de France. Louison died in 1983 at the age of only 58 from cancer. Jean Bobet, Louisons younger brother has always been his mainstay.
Louison Bobet and Jean were the sons of a simple bakers in Brittany countryside village of Saint Meen Le Grand.Louison and his five-year-younger brother Jean has had a very different childhood. Louison was taught at a young age his father Baker, while Jean was destined to go to college. So Jean went to his twelfth year at school in Rennes, while Louison from his fourteenth finally went to work in his parents ‘ bakery. During the second world war, father Bobet in the resistance. Now Louison helped him in the bakery, Daddy Bobet had to tell him that he was active in the underground. It is known that a bakery at night to 4 hours start to work and around the time a lot of strange things happening on Bobet bakery. In this way was involved in the war of Louison underground work.
General George Patton
When the Americans liberated in 1944 in the village of St Meen Le Grand is Louison gone ahead with them. He joined a French regiment that was part of the army of General George Patton. Thus Louison fought for eighteen months on the part of Americans. Even Louison took first part in a bicycle race when he was seventeen years old, he has passed his time in the army or 1944 or 1945 of fares. But when he made his comeback in 1946, he became champion of France amateurs. In 1947, he became a professional.Louison urged his younger brother to go also cites. Jean followed advice and 1948, when he was already at the University of Rennes, he captured the world title in Budapest with the students. From the moment in question, the two brothers with each other.
While Jean at the University he studied modern languages and after completing his studies in England went to the degree there, Louison Tour of Lombardy and Milan Sanremo win in 1951. At the time, wrote Jean twice wrote to his idol, Ernest Hemingway, but he never got the answer. However, he received a letter from his brother, Louison, who put him in ten little rules entrusted his brother to find a good driver, and that Jean should be professional at his side. “Come back home” wrote Louison. Two days later, Jean abandoned his studies and he packed his bags. In 1952, he became a Pro, year Louison Grand Prix des Nations (1952) won.
His university education was Jean an outsider in the peloton and was called the professor. Thanks to Louison Jean felt a privileged person. His older brother brought him into contact with the greatest drivers in the world, and he became good friends with Fausto Coppi. Jean came to know masters as Ferdi Kubler, Hugo Koblet, Gino Bartali, Rik Van Steenbergen and others. Especially in Italy, both Louison and Jean riders not only idolized but also worshipped.
- In 1948 it had Louison already run very strong Tour, where ten days he wore the yellow Jersey and won two stages. It was in the Tour winner Gino Bartali.
- In 1949 the Louison case and gave the Pyrenees;
- But in 1950 and was won by Louison third mountains classification;
- In 1951 came Louison over an unbeatable Hugo Koblet;
- In 1952, he started the season managed to win Paris-Nice and the Tour of Flanders. Paris-Roubaix Louison are not doing well, although he still was fourth. The same year, he abandoned the Tour participation;
- In 1953 won the 1954 and 1955 Louison Tour de France;
- in 1955, he also won the Flanders;
- in 1956, he won Paris-Roubaix;
- 1959 Bordeaux-Paris.
Third and final Tour Triumph
Louison had this tour in 1955, very heavy. This was mainly due to the Charly Gaul, Luxemburger. Charly had a heroic number of staged in the Alps. Device to Briançon over the Galibier Charly was very early in the attack in the company of Jan Nolten. Jean was teammate Louison in the national team. Another teammate, red in yellow. At the foot of the Galibier 15 minutes, while Jean and Louison it had been chasing behind. Jan Nolten time resolved and Charly were on the line in Briançon 14 minutes. The next day, Charly attaqueerde again at the beginning, but when Louison sat on his wheel. The trip over the Mont Ventoux could decide the Tour. Charly was at his best in the rain and bad weather, but could not stand the heat. In the scene in Principality of Monaco-Marseille Louison and Jean fought back. It was terribly hot that day. They decided to attack in revitaillering. Louison took his food bag not while Jean not only his own food bag, but also by Louison took. It was a great contest. And it worked, because Charly got on her knees and lost valuable time. The next day, waiting for the Mont Ventoux.When his Louison and Jean initially moved into the attack. Charly was discharged on stroke and lost his chances at victory. Louison which today won the stage on Mont Ventoux, scored his third victory in a safe manner. It was his last race win. The effort he has to make is in the Tour, his later him dearly.Afterwards, he has never been the same. Until finally, in 1959, he wrote another important race in his name: Bordeaux-Paris. It was his last big victory and Louison has had a lot of it.
Promise that Louison
In 1959, Jean stopped prices. He was 28 years old. Since 1955, Jean knew when he would quit rates as a journalist he could start by L’equipe, he took the job in 1959. Three years later, he left under pressure from GODDET to Radio Luxembourg to be Prime sports. For years, he has served, since he worked for Le Monde and the French TV. One day Louison Jean reminded them that they would ever go together. In 1968, could not offer of Jean brother refuse. From that moment on, he was general manager of Louison Bobet Thalassotherapy centres in Quiberon, Biarritz and MIRAGOLF in Marbella. Louison immediately took a half year break in order to fulfill his great dream to serve its international flight certification.Jean later was ordained as the Tour Director to follow the legendary Tour Tandem Jacques GODDET and Félix Levitan. Louison held, however, that the appointment, since he was then convicted of cancer and insisted that Jean would companies continue to lead. Jean keeps promise to his brother and Louisons life’s work continued until his retirement in 1996.
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