Cy­cling great Pouli­dor dies aged 83

The National - News - - SPORT -

French cy­clist Ray­mond Pouli­dor, who gained huge af­fec­tion as an eter­nal run­ner-up in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 83. His as­ton­ish­ing ca­reer spanned 25 years but he will al­ways be re­mem­bered for the races he failed to win. From 1964 to 1976 Pouli­dor fin­ished sec­ond in the Tour de France on three oc­ca­sions and was third five times in an era dom­i­nated by Eddy Mer­ckx. So fa­mous was his re­peated fail­ure to clinch the Tour that the phrase “to do a Pouli­dor” passed into the French lan­guage, syn­ony­mous with com­ing an un­lucky sec­ond. His long-time ri­val Mer­ckx said: “I am very sad. Dur­ing my ca­reer we were ri­vals but after­wards we of­ten spent time to­gether. We hol­i­dayed to­gether. It’s a big loss.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.