Miguel Angel Indurian Larraya is a Spanish cyclist who is known for being the first athlete to win the Tour de France five consecutive times. He is commonly known as ‘Miguelon’ or ‘Big Mig’ in English. He is currently retired, but constantly participates in committees concerning sporting events such as the Olympics.
Indurian was born in Villava, Navare in Spain. He turned professional in 1985 by riding in the Tour de France but did not win until 1991. From 1985 to 1991, his standing in the Tour continuously improved and in 1990, he was a strong rider while he supported his team captain Pedro Delgado. He won in 1991 and did it 5 consecutive times up until 1995. He was the first to win it consecutively, but the 4th man to win 5 Tours.
He is said to be one of the best time trialists. He would place large gains between his rivals and himself and rode defensively in the climbing stages. Despite winning the Tours five times, he has only ever won two Tour stages that wasn’t under individual time trial. He is also accused of not fighting hard enough to win in mountain stages despite arriving ahead of the group.
Aside from his Tour wins, Indurian has also won several other cycling competitions including the Giro d’Italia. He also won the gold medal in the Individual time trial during the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta. 1995 and 1996 also saw Indurian win the Dauhine Libere event.
He was aiming for a 6th victory during the 1996 Tour, but he suffered from Pneumonia and the first legs of the race were extremely cold and wet. He finished in 19th place, only 8 minutes behind the podium winner. He later announced his retirement from cycling.