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Jacques Anquetil was a French cyclist who won the most prestigious 'Tour de France' 5 times

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BirthdayJanuary 8, 1934
Died onNovember 18, 1987
NationalityFrench
Famous5 Times Tour De France Winner, Sportspersons, Cyclists
SpousesJanine Boeda
SiblingsPhilippe Anquetil
Childrens Sophie Anquetil
Birth PlaceMont-Saint-Aignan, Seine-Maritime, France
GenderMale
FatherErnest Anquetil
MotherMarie Anquetil
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inMont-Saint-Aignan, Seine-Maritime, France
Famous asCyclist, 5 Times Tour de France Winner
Died at Age53

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Who is Jacques Anquetil?

Jacques Anquetil was a French cyclist whose journey in cycling started as an amateur and he went on to become a champion cyclist marking a place in the history of the sports. His exceptional ability to beat the clock earned him the title ‘Monsieur Chrono’. He emerged as the winner in his first professional race ‘Grand Prix de Lugano’. The same year he won the ‘Grand Prix des Nations’ which he won eight more times. He made history by becoming the first ever road racing cyclist who has won the ‘Tour de France’ 5 times. The other professional achievements of this extraordinary man include winning the ‘Overall Four Days of Dunkirk’ , ‘Overall Giro d'Italia’, ‘Critérium des As’, ‘Overall Paris–Nice’, ‘Overall Vuelta a España’ and ‘Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré’ among numerous other titles. His personal life was equally colourful with several relationships. ‘L'Équipe’ the French newspaper tagged him as the champions of champions of France. He was honoured with the ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite’ (The National Order of Merit) and the ‘Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur’ (the National Order of the Legion of Honour).

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on January 8, 1934, to Ernest Anquetil and Marie Anquetil. His father was a builder in Mount-Saint-Aignan in Normandy, France.

He was brought up in Normandy in a strawberry farm and later shifted with his parents and brother Philippe in Boisguillaume. In 1941 his father joined the other family members to work in the farm.

He got his first bicycle at four years of age and would ride the Alcyon twice daily to make a round to the village and return covering approximately a distance of 1½ km.

He joined a technical college in Sotteville-lès-Rouen to study metal-turning.

He gave up his first choice of running and followed his friend Maurice Dieulois to join the ‘AC Sottevillais’ club as he was fascinated by the attention his friend received from girls after becoming a ‘coureur cycliste’.

On December 2, 1950, he got his racing licence. After qualifying in light engineering he took a job in a factory in Sotteville but left it soon.

André Boucher, a cycle dealer ran the ‘AC Sottevillais’ club and he prepared the members first with bicycles and thereafter with motorised bicycle, derny. Many cyclist including Claude LeBer and Jean Jourden remained members of the club.

Jacques Anquetil picked up the skill fast and won several tournaments as an amateur cyclist. On May 3, 1951 he won the ‘Rouen’s ‘Prix Maurice Latour’ and in the following year he earned the French national amateur road championship title.

Career

In 1952 he was included in the French team in the ‘Summer Olympics’ and earned a bronze medal in the hundred kilometre team road race. Following his impressive performance, André Boucher recommended him to Francis Pélissier, the cycling team manager of ‘La Perle’ and also a former rider of the ‘Tour de France. He was offered 30,000 old francs per month by Francis Pélissier to ride as an independent cyclist for ‘La Perle’.

In 1953, he emerged as the winner in his first professional race ‘Grand Prix de Lugano’ as also the ‘Grand Prix des Nations’ race thus becoming the unofficial champion of time trial at nineteen years of age.

He won the ‘Grand Prix de Lugano’ seven more times in 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1966. The ‘Grand Prix des Nations’ race was won by him eight more times in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1965 and 1966.

On September 22, 1954 he joined the army for a compulsory two years service and was posted as a gunner at the Richepanse de Rouen barracks.

In June 1956 he was asked by his chief to break the hour record for cycling which was held by Fausto Coppi since November 7, 1942. He agreed that if successful he would give away the reward, half of which shall be retained by the army while the other half will be given to the mother of a soldier, André Dufour who died while fighting at Palestro, Algeria.

On June 29, 1956 he was ultimately successful in beating Coppi’s record of 45.848 km and creating a new hour record of 46.159 km.

He also set a record by winning the ‘Super Prestige Pernod International’ four times in the years 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1966. His record was later beaten by Eddy Merckx who won it seven consecutive times starting from 1969.

His other achievements include winning the ‘Giro d'Italia' twice in 1960 and 1964, the ‘Vuelta a España’ in 1963, the ‘Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré’ twice in 1963 and 1965, the ‘Gent–Wevelgem’ in 1964 and the ‘Liège–Bastogne–Liège’ in 1966.

In 1967 he made a new hour record of 47.493 km but it was not considered a record as he refused to take a doping test. He considered it disrespectful to undergo a urine test in a tent encompassing a crowded velodrome.

Achievements

In 1957 he took part in his first ‘Tour de France’ and emerged winner. After a gap of few years he again rode the ‘Tour de France’ in 1961 and won the race again. His winning spree in ‘Tour de France’ continued in the years 1962, 1963 and 1964 thus becoming the first rider to win the title for five times.

Personal Life & Legacy

On December 22, 1958, he married his doctor’s wife Janine Boeda who was already a mother of two children - Annie and Alain.

After Janine’s pregnancies failed, the couple considered surrogacy and later approached Annie who gave birth to his daughter Sophie.

Jacques Anquetil had an affair with Dominique, wife of his step-son Alain when the couple joined the Anquetil house. Dominique also had a child from Anquetil.

He and Janine later divorced and Sophie began to stay with Janine.

Although he was in general a rational person he often reflected his superstitious nature that many a times overpowered his personality and professional life.

He never concealed rather advocated and argued his case strongly for use of drugs to enhance performance and even appointed a lawyer following his disqualification and imposition of fine by the ‘Belgian cycling federation’.

After retirement from professional cycling he was engaged with several organisations in various capacities. He remained a race director for ‘Paris-Nice’, a managing committee member of ‘Fédération Française de Cyclisme’ and a corespondant of ‘L'Équipe’ among others.

On November 18, 1987 he succumbed to stomach cancer. Millions of people including eminent personalities attended his funeral. He was buried in Quincampoix, a village in north-western France.

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Jacques Anquetil biography timelines

  • // 8th Jan 1934
    He was born on January 8, 1934, to Ernest Anquetil and Marie Anquetil. His father was a builder in Mount-Saint-Aignan in Normandy, France.
  • // 1941
    He was brought up in Normandy in a strawberry farm and later shifted with his parents and brother Philippe in Boisguillaume. In 1941 his father joined the other family members to work in the farm.
  • // 7th Nov 1942 To Jun 1956
    In June 1956 he was asked by his chief to break the hour record for cycling which was held by Fausto Coppi since November 7, 1942. He agreed that if successful he would give away the reward, half of which shall be retained by the army while the other half will be given to the mother of a soldier, André Dufour who died while fighting at Palestro, Algeria.
  • // 2nd Dec 1950
    On December 2, 1950, he got his racing licence. After qualifying in light engineering he took a job in a factory in Sotteville but left it soon.
  • // 3rd May 1951
    Jacques Anquetil picked up the skill fast and won several tournaments as an amateur cyclist. On May 3, 1951 he won the ‘Rouen’s ‘Prix Maurice Latour’ and in the following year he earned the French national amateur road championship title.
  • // 1952
    In 1952 he was included in the French team in the ‘Summer Olympics’ and earned a bronze medal in the hundred kilometre team road race. Following his impressive performance, André Boucher recommended him to Francis Pélissier, the cycling team manager of ‘La Perle’ and also a former rider of the ‘Tour de France. He was offered 30,000 old francs per month by Francis Pélissier to ride as an independent cyclist for ‘La Perle’.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, he emerged as the winner in his first professional race ‘Grand Prix de Lugano’ as also the ‘Grand Prix des Nations’ race thus becoming the unofficial champion of time trial at nineteen years of age.
  • // 22nd Sep 1954
    On September 22, 1954 he joined the army for a compulsory two years service and was posted as a gunner at the Richepanse de Rouen barracks.
  • // 29th Jun 1956
    On June 29, 1956 he was ultimately successful in beating Coppi’s record of 45.848 km and creating a new hour record of 46.159 km.
  • // 22nd Dec 1958
    On December 22, 1958, he married his doctor’s wife Janine Boeda who was already a mother of two children - Annie and Alain.
  • // 1967
    In 1967 he made a new hour record of 47.493 km but it was not considered a record as he refused to take a doping test. He considered it disrespectful to undergo a urine test in a tent encompassing a crowded velodrome.
  • // 18th Nov 1987
    On November 18, 1987 he succumbed to stomach cancer. Millions of people including eminent personalities attended his funeral. He was buried in Quincampoix, a village in north-western France.

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  • What is Jacques Anquetil birthday?

    Jacques Anquetil was born at 1934-01-08

  • When was Jacques Anquetil died?

    Jacques Anquetil was died at 1987-11-18

  • Where was Jacques Anquetil died?

    Jacques Anquetil was died in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

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    Jacques Anquetil was died at age 53

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    Jacques Anquetil was born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, Seine-Maritime, France

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    Jacques Anquetil's nationalities is French

  • Who is Jacques Anquetil spouses?

    Jacques Anquetil's spouses is Janine Boeda

  • Who is Jacques Anquetil siblings?

    Jacques Anquetil's siblings is Philippe Anquetil

  • Who is Jacques Anquetil childrens?

    Jacques Anquetil's childrens is Sophie Anquetil

  • Who is Jacques Anquetil's father?

    Jacques Anquetil's father is Ernest Anquetil

  • Who is Jacques Anquetil's mother?

    Jacques Anquetil's mother is Marie Anquetil

  • What is Jacques Anquetil's sun sign?

    Jacques Anquetil is Capricorn

  • How famous is Jacques Anquetil?

    Jacques Anquetil is famouse as Cyclist, 5 Times Tour de France Winner