Tour de France icon Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83.

The Frenchman was a monumental figure in cycling history, best known for his legendary rivalry with compatriot Jacques Anquetil.

Poulidor, who famously finished second in the Tour three times but never won the race, died in hospital in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat in the early hours of Wednesday morning (November 13), after first being hospitalised in early October with fatigue.

Known as ‘Poupou’ to his admirers, Poulidor’s career spanned 18 seasons from 1960 to 1977, seeing him claim 73 wins including both the Critérium du Dauphiné and Paris-Nice twice, as well as the 1964 Vuelta a España.

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