|Born||January 8, 1934 in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France|
|Died||November 18, 1987 in Rouen, France|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Teams||Helyett, Saint-Raphael, Ford France, Bic, Gitane, Faema|
|Major achievements||5-time Tour de France winner, 2-time Giro d’Italia winner, 1-time Vuelta a España winner, 1-time World Road Race champion|
Jacques Anquetil was a French professional road cyclist. Anquetil, who was born on January 8, 1934 in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, was recognized for his smooth riding style and aptitude to time trial. He began his professional career in 1953 and rode for numerous teams, including Helyett, Saint-Raphael, Ford France, Bic, Gitane, and Faema.
One of Anquetil’s most notable accomplishments was winning the Tour de France five times between 1957 and 1964. He also won the Giro d’Italia twice, in 1960 and 1964, and the Vuelta a Espaa once, in 1963. In addition to these significant successes, Anquetil won a number of notable events throughout his career, including the Paris-Nice, the Dauphiné Libéré, and the Grand Prix des Nations.
Anquetil was noted for his rivalry with fellow French cyclist Raymond Poulidor, and the two riders battled against each other in multiple Tour de France races. Anquetil was also a controversial figure in cycling because he was one of the first racers to utilize performance-enhancing medications. Despite this, he remains one of the sport’s most successful riders.
Anquetil resigned from professional cycling in 1969 and went on to become a French television pundit. He died on November 18, 1987, in Rouen, France, at the age of 53.
Jacques Anquetil’s Greatest Achievements
|1957||Tour de France winner|
|1960||Giro d’Italia winner|
|1962||Dauphiné Libéré winner|
|1963||Vuelta a España winner|
|1964||Giro d’Italia winner|
|1964||Tour de France winner|