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Bruno Cornillet – French Star of the 80’s and 90’s

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He rode for some of the most famous teams of the 80’s and 90’s, alongside some of the sport’s best known names – fellow Breton, Bernard Hinault, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, Greg Lemond, Viatcheslav Ekimov…

And a certain Scot named Robert Millar.

Along the way he scored some big wins including the cult GP Ouest France Plouay and Circuit de la Sarthe among some 24 professional victories.

The palmarès ‘bible,’ GOTHA describes him thus; 

A versatile cyclist with a lot of regularity. He distinguished himself both in smaller stage races and semi-classics.’

Monsieur Bruno Cornillet.

Bruno Cornillet
A very young Bruno Cornillet sits with Bernard Hinault. Photo©unknown

Our first question was how he came to get his first pro contract with not just some second division outfit but with Bernard Tapie’s legendary La Vie Claire team for 1984 alongside the likes of all-time great, Bernard Hinault, Milan-Sanremo winner, Marc Gomez and Tour de France King of the Mountains, Bernard Vallet?

“I was pretty young, just 19 years-old and at that age you had to do your one year military service but I had some good results after