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Jacques and Eddy
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Eddy Merckx was the greatest cyclist of all time
Eddy Merckx - 'The Cannibal' devoured his rivals

Frenchman Jacques Anquetil won an unprecedented five Tours between 1957 and 1964.

His great rival Raymond Poulidor was nicknamed 'the eternal second' as he never beat Anquetil.

But despite his success the snooty Anquetil was never as popular as the down-to-earth Poulidor.

During the 1960's national teams disappeared and Tour teams became sponsored again.

The greatest rider the race has ever seen, Belgium's Eddy Merckx, burst onto the Tour scene in 1969.

Jacques Anquetil
Unpopular champion: Jacques Anquetil

He was far superior to anyone else and won over 250 races, an average of a race a week for six years, at the height of his powers.

Merckx won his debut Tour by an amazing 17 minutes.

And he became the only man in the race's history to win a clean sweep of jerseys in the same race: yellow, green and polka-dot.

Merckx went on to win five Tours during which he bagged an incredible 34 stage wins.

But for bad luck and a niggling back injury he would surely have won more Tours.

France got their own Eddy Merckx the following year - Bernard Hinault.


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