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Jacques ANQUETIL

French Jacques ANQUETIL

French road racing cyclist and the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times

Source :  Arnaud CHERET

Born: on January 08, 1934 in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Died: on November 18, 1987 in La Neuville-Chant-d'Oisel, France


Biography

Anquetil was the son of a builder in Mont-Saint-Aignan, in the hills above Rouen in Normandy, north-west France. He lived there with his parents, Ernest and Marie, and his brother Philippe and then at Boisguillaume in a two-storey house, "one of those houses with exposed beams that tourists think are pretty but those who live there find uncomfortable."

In 1941, his father refused contracts to work on military installations for the German occupiers and his work dried up. Other members of the family worked in strawberry farming and Anquetil's father followed them, moving to the hamlet of Bourguet, near Quincampoix. Anquetil had his first bicycle - an Alcyon - at the age of four and twice a day rode the kilometre and a half to the village and back. There he was taught by a teacher wearing clogs in a classroom heated by a smoking stove.

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