|Full name Jean Bobet|
Name Jean Bobet
Current team Retired
Siblings Louison Bobet
|Born 22 February 1930 (age 85)
Saint-Meen-le-Grand, France (1930-02-22) |
Similar People Louison Bobet, Andre Darrigade, Raphael Geminiani, Albert Bouvet, Jacques Anquetil
Jean Bobet (born 22 February 1930 in Saint-Méen-le-Grand) is a French former road bicycle racer. He is the younger brother of Louison Bobet. Less talented, he did nevertheless win the world students' championship as an amateur and then, as a professional, Paris–Nice in 1955, Genoa-Nice in 1956 and the Circuit du Morbihan in 1953. He came third in Milan–San Remo in 1953. He rode from 1949 to 1959, including all three Grand Tours.
He and his brother retired from racing after a car carrying him and his brother crashed outside Paris in the autumn of 1960. Louison went into business ventures and Jean became a journalist. He became head of sport at Radio Luxembourg, wrote for L'Équipe and then Le Monde. He made occasional contributions to Miroir du Cyclisme and still appears on television, notably in retrospective programmes. He was instrumental in forming a museum in his brother's memory in Saint-Méen-le-Grand.
He has written several books, including "Louison Bobet, une vélobiographie" (Editions Gallimard, 1958), an account of life with his brother in "Demain on roule" (Editions de La Table Ronde, 2004), translated as "Tomorrow We Ride" (Mousehold Press, 2008), and a history of one of the first stars of the Tour de France: "Lapize, celui-là était un 'as'" (Editions de La Table Ronde, 2003).