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Anquetil, Jacques

Born: 1934 AD
Died: 1987 AD
2.8 (55.76%) 33 votes

1934 – Jacques Anquetil, born on the 8th of January in Mont-Saint-Aignan, near Rouen in Normandy, north-west France. He was a French Cyclist.

1952 – He took the French amateur road title, one year after he began racing.

1953 – His first year as an independent or semi-professional rider, he won the 19th Grand Prix des Nations individual time trial, then considered the equal of a world championship.

1956 – He broke the 14-year-old hour world record of the legendary Fausto Coppi (46.159 kilometres).

1957 – Won the Grand Prix des Nations’ and – at his first attempt – the Tour de France with nearly 15 minutes’ lead and wins in four stages.

1961 – Began a second victory streak, winning the Tour de France.

1964 – His last Tour victory was also his most famous, featuring, as it did, a legendary elbow-to-elbow duel against public favourite Raymond Poulidor on the roads up the Puy de Dôme mountain.

1965 – Won the eight-day, Alpine Dauphiné Libéré stage race at 3pm, sat through two hours of interviews and receptions, took a 6:30pm chartered flight to Bordeaux and won the world’s longest single-day classic, the Bordeaux-Paris the following day.

1966 – Finished in the top 10 in the World Championship on six occasions, but second place  was the nearest he ever came to winning the Rainbow Jersey.

1969 – He retired to Normandy to be a gentleman farmer.

1987 – After battling stomach cancer, died on the 18th of November in his sleep at the St. Hilaire Clinic in Rouen.

2.8 (55.76%) 33 votes