Raymond Poulidor

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Raymond Poulidor
Raymond Poulidor, Tour de France 1966 (cropped).jpg
Poulidor at the 1966 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameRaymond Poulidor
NicknamePoupou
The Eternal Second[1]
Born(1936-04-15)15 April 1936
Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
Died13 November 2019(2019-11-13) (aged 83)
Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, France
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional team
1960–1977Mercier–BP–Hutchinson
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
General classification (1964)
4 individual stages
Tour de France
7 individual stages

Stage races

Critérium International (1964, 1966, 1968, 1971–72)
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1966, 1969)
Paris–Nice (1972–73)

One-day races and Classics

Milan–San Remo (1961)
La Flèche Wallonne (1963)
Grand Prix des Nations (1963)
Medal record
Representing  France
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1974 Montréal Road race
Bronze medal – third place 1961 Bern Road race
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Sallanches Road race
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Nürburgring Road race

Raymond Poulidor (15 April 1936 – 13 November 2019), nicknamed "Pou-Pou", was a French professional racing cyclist, who rode for Mercier his entire career.

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.

On 13 November 2019, Raymond Poulidor died in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat of pulmonary edema. He had been in a hospital for two months prior, having suffered from heart problems.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ballinger, Alex (13 November 2019). "Tour de France legend Raymond Poulidor has died". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. "Der Mann, "der nie die Tour de France gewann", ist tot". Der Spiegel (in German). 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  3. Farrand, Stephen (13 November 2019). "Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 13 November 2019.