Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Raymond Poulidor (and his aide)

Raymond Poulidor (1936 –2019), nicknamed "Pou-Pou", was a French professional racing cyclist, who rode for Mercier his entire career.

His career was distinguished, despite coinciding with two great riders - Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx. This underdog position may have been the reason Poulidor was a favourite of the public. He was known as "The Eternal Second” because he never won the Tour de France despite finishing in second place three times, and in third place five times (including his final Tour at the age of 40). Despite his consistency, he never once wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification in 14 Tours, of which he completed 12. He did win one Grand Tour, the 1964 Vuelta a España.

Raymond Poulidor (L) and Robert Poulot ,  July 27, 2018
Raymond Poulidor (L) and Robert Poulot ,  July 27, 2018

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