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Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83

Joe Robinson
13 Nov 2019

The iconic French cyclist dies in the early hours of Wednesday morning

French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83. He passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an extended stay in hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat.

In a long 18-year career that spanned from 1960 to 1977, the Frenchman played out some of the sport's greatest rivalries with riders such as Jacques Anquetil and a young Eddy Merckx, affectionately remembered as 'PouPou' to his fans. 

Poulidor was an icon of the Tour de France despite never winning the race or even wearing the race's yellow jersey. In 14 participations at the race, he finished on the podium on seven occasions, three times in second place, results that earned him the nickname 'The Eternal Second'.

Beyond the Tour, Poulidor had a successful racing career, taking 72 wins including the 1964 Vuelta a Espana, the 1961 Milan-San Remo, 1963 Flèche Wallonne, two editions of the Critérium du Dauphiné and two editions of Paris-Nice.

The admiration for Poulidor continued after his retirement as he worked for the Tour de France in hospitality with yellow jersey sponsor Credit Lyonnais. 

Poulidor was also the father-in-law of former professional rider Adrie van der Poel and grandfather of current cyclocross World Champion Mathieu van der Poel.

Cyclist extends its condolences to Poulidor's family at this time.

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