The former cycling champion, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83, has lived through the ages, from the 1960s to the 21st century, maintaining untouched popularity.
Outstanding rider, eight times present on the Tour de France final podium between 1962 and 1976, Raymond Poulidor, who has always raced after the yellow jersey, has also embodied the accessible and hardworking champion, as deserving as he was unlucky, over the years. a career completed at 40 years past. Half a century later, still present in the village from the start of the Tour, he continued to sign autographs to admirers of all ages.
In 1960, Poulidor became a professional rider in the Mercier team, led by Antonin Magne. - / AFP
On June 18, 1961, Poulidor is crowned champion of France on the circuit of Rouen-les-Essarts. - / AFP
In 1964, he received the orange award, awarded to the nicest cyclist of the year. - / AFP
In 1964, he won the Vuelta (the Tour of Spain). - / AFP
But a few months later, during the Tour de France, it's only 14 seconds before the yellow jersey escapes him, at the end of a stage that has remained famous thanks to the cliché that immortalises him shoulder to shoulder with Jacques Anquetil (on the left on the picture) in the ascent of Puy-de-Dôme, at the height of the rivalry that cut France in two, between anquetilists and poulidoristes. STAFF / AFP
While the 1964 Tour ends with the fifth triumph of "Maître Jacques" (left on the photo), "L'Equipe" salutes "Anquetil the winner, and Poulidor the hero". STAFF / AFP
Raymond Poulidor in 1967. - / AFP
During the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France in 1968, whose scenario finally seems to smile, he is overthrown by the rider charged with measuring the gaps. A double fracture of the frontal bone forced to abandon the one that will be presented, in post-Tour criteria, as the moral winner of the 1968 edition. - / AFP
In 1972, the year of his victory of Paris-Nice under the colors of GAN-Mercier, he beat the Belgian champion Eddy Merckx in the time trial of the Col d'Eze (Alpes-Maritimes). - / AFP
Tour de France, 1972. From left to right: the French Raymond Poulidor and Cyrille Guimard, the Italian Felice Gimondi, the Belgian Eddy Merckx and the Spaniard Julio Jimenez. STR / AP
In 1976, Poulidor, 40, finished third in the Tour. The cycling champion inaugurates Raymond-Poulidor Street, in Sauviat-sur-Vige (Haute-Vienne), on December 19, 1976, alongside Mayor Raymond Coudert and Mr. Lecomte-Chaulet, General Counsel and Sports Assistant of the city from Limoges. This street is the one frequented by a child, Raymond Poulidor, to go from his native farm to the communal school. AFP
In 2017, with Emmanuel Macron, at the 104th Tour de France, in Saint-Martin-d'Arc (Savoie). Jean-Pierre Clatot / AP
Raymond Poulidor in 2013 with his grandson, the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, multiple world champion and cyclo-cross Europe. DAVID STOCKMAN / AFP