Raymond Poulidor (French pronunciation: [ʁɛmɔ̃ pulidɔʁ]; born 15 April 1936 – died 13 November 2019), nicknamed Pou-Pou (pronounced [pu pu]), was a French professional racing cyclist, who rode for Mercier his entire career.
His career was distinguished, despite coinciding with two great riders - Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx. This underdog position may have been the reason Poulidor was a favourite of the public. He was known as The Eternal Second, because he never won the Tour de France despite finishing in second place three times, and in third place five times (including his final Tour at the age of 40). Despite his consistency, 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.
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