Birthday wishes go to the great rider and eternal second - Raymond Poulidor is 77 years old today.
The man that rode for French team (Mercier) all of his cycling career recorded 189 victories. Not only did he battled in two eras and two great riders; Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, he was adored by the French fans for being the underdog. He also won big; Milan-SanRemo, Fleche Wallonne, Criterium International, Dauphine Libere (5-wins), Paris Nice and the Vuelta. His Tour de France record is exemplary; second place three times and third place five times and not wearing the yellow jersey.
French film-maker, Louis Malle made Vive le Tour an endearing look at the 1962 Tour ...yes with PouPou in glorious third!