Tour Heroes: "Poupou, The Eternal Second"

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07/13/2004| 0 comments
by David Cohen
Jacques Anquetil (left) and Raymond Poulidor (right).
Jacques Anquetil (left) and Raymond Poulidor (right).

Tour Heroes: "Poupou, The Eternal Second"

Raymond Poulidor will be honored Tuesday when the Tour departs from his hometown.

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Some analysts of French cycling see Anquetil and Poulidor as representing different aspects of French society during the period roughly from the early 60?s to the mid-70?s.   Anquetil tended to represent the modernizing, technologically-oriented changes that transformed
France
during that period, whereas Poulidor stood for ?la
France
profonde? of rural
Limousin
.

 

As such, Poulidor played the role of the underdog, Anquetil the favourite.

 

In the late 60?s a couple of French journalists sought to puncture ?poupoularite? by divulging that   Poulidor was less liked in the peloton than Anquetil ? that in fact he was regarded as a selfish rider while Anquetil was seen as a fair-minded sportsman by his peers.   The program was greeted with strong protests.

 

Poulidor?s ?Poupou? image remained intact and has done so to this day.

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