Poulidor Passes Away

Surprised that the news hasn't been posted yet.
Fell ill during the Tour, where he had been permanent fixture since retiring.
I saw him walking the course of the opening stage ITT, back in 2005.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/cycling-world-loses-monument-icon-stars-pay-tribute-raymond-poulidor-442351
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  • davidof
    davidof Posts: 3,057
    edited November 2019




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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,441
    edited November 2019
    Sad news. It's a bit difficult as his riding was not so much before my time as before I was born. Always seemed like one of the good guys on The Tour though.

    That Puy de Dome photo though...

    This one is rather lovely too

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  • simon_e
    simon_e Posts: 1,706
    ddraver said:

    Sad news. It's a bit difficult as his riding was not so much before my time as before I was born. Always seemed like one of the good guys on The Tour though.

    That Puy de Dome photo though...

    This one is rather lovely too

    Love that photo!

    An extract from The Great Bike Race, by Geoffrey Nicholson has been posted on Rouleur today:
    https://rouleur.cc/editorial/tour-de-france-anquetil-poulidor-rivalry/

    And a typically excellent article by INRNG from 2016:
    http://inrng.com/2016/04/the-eternal-myth-of-raymond-poulidor/
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  • salsiccia1
    salsiccia1 Posts: 3,725
    We often complain the mainstream press concentrate on the salacious, but here's a nice obituary from William Fotheringham in the Guardian:

    https://theguardian.com/sport/2019/nov/13/raymond-poulidor-obituary
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • We often complain the mainstream press concentrate on the salacious, but here's a nice obituary from William Fotheringham in the Guardian:

    https://theguardian.com/sport/2019/nov/13/raymond-poulidor-obituary

    Was where I saw the news and prompted me to head over here. Poulidor is one of those riders who proves that wearing the yellow jersey, let alone winning the Tour, isn't and shouldn't be essential to have on your palmares to be considered a great.
  • amrushton
    amrushton Posts: 1,257
    Just that picture is a testament to his career.
  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,788
    Quite a late starter as a pro - didn't realise that.

    The Puy de Dome and the area around it is a great place to visit, great cycling and just generally a beautiful area. I walked up the PdD and it's a really nice day out - shame we can't cycle it now. I probably have Raymond and Jacques for inspiring me to visit.
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  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,099

    Quite a late starter as a pro - didn't realise that.

    The Puy de Dome and the area around it is a great place to visit, great cycling and just generally a beautiful area. I walked up the PdD and it's a really nice day out - shame we can't cycle it now. I probably have Raymond and Jacques for inspiring me to visit.

    I agree. Clermont is a great city, fabulous rugby club, and great cycling on the doorstep. Stand on the cathedral steps and you look straight across at the Puy.
    You can 'risk' the Puy de Dome if you go early or late enough in the day!
    They could / should still run a TT up it.

    Sad day to lose a TdF great, but I'm sure he will have been very proud of his grandson's achievements so far.