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Merci Poupou

In memory of Raymond Poulidor, Champion, legend & "Winner of hearts"

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Hero of a nation

A tribute to the French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor, Mathieu van der Poel's grandfather.

Between 1962 and 1976, Poulidor completed the world's biggest cycling race, the Tour de France, 14 times. This was also the case on his last arrival on the Champs Elysees in July 1976 (3rd place overall). In his inimitable career, "Poupou" won the Tour of Spain in 1964. He took seven stage wins in the Tour and won classics such as Milan San Remo or the Flèche Wallone and became French champion. Eight times he finished the “Grande Boucle” on the podium in Paris without having worn the yellow jersey for a single day.

In 2021, his grandson Mathieu van der Poel will compete in the Tour de France for the first time, showing up in "Poupous" colours to pay tribute to his grandfather and let him ride on in the heart of the Peloton and his fans.

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His feats, his panache, his courage will forever remain engraved in our memories. Poupou, forever the yellow jersey in French hearts.

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

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Poulidor’s courage and determination marked him as one of the great attacking cyclists in the history.

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Grandson Mathieu van der Poel continues the story

Now, 45 years later, it is up to his grandson and team Alpecin-Fenix to chase the yellow dream and to honouring and saying “Merci Poupou!”.

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