Yves Hézard was the French military road champion in 1969.
In 1970, he had a good season winning Paris-Rouen , Paris-Vailly , a stage in the Grand Prix de l’Avenir and even Paris-Auxerre . At the end of this season, he won the Mérite Veldor for the best amateur.
Turning professional in 1971, and winner of the competition, he was downgraded from the French Road Cycling Championship due to doping , as had been Paul Gutty the previous year and Désiré Letort in 1967.
He took part in the 1972 Tour de France, winning the 7th stage from Bayonne to Pau. He finished seventh overall. The following year, in the 1973 Tour, he retired on stage 13. At the 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1981 Tours, he was unsuccessful and finished 21st, 45th, 17th, 17th, and 71st respectively.
In 1977 , the rider from Nivernais, measuring one meter 77 for a form weight of 70 kilos, became the French pursuit champion.
Leaving the professional peloton, Yves Hézard became national coach from 1982 to 1987.
Then he returned to the peloton by becoming sports director of the La Vie Claire cycling team , which would become Toshiba from 1988 to 1991 . At the end of 1990, he was replaced by Bernard Vallet. In 1992 , the Mavic company recruited him and he became head of the Sports marketing department. As such, he is present in all the caravans of the Tour.
During the 2006 Tour de France , during the Morzine stage , to celebrate his retirement and to thank him for his active participation in the various Tours de France, Jean-Marie Leblanc presented him with the Plateau d’Argent du Tour de France.
Excerpt from Wikipedia France. Translated by Google