Family tree of Raymond POULIDOR

Cycling, Medals - World champion, European champion, national champion

FrenchBorn Raymond POULIDOR

French former professional bicycle racer

Born on April 15, 1936 in Masbaraud-Mérignat, Creuse , France

Died on November 13, 2019 in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, Haute-Vienne , France

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Poulidor was the son of Martial and Maria Poulidor, small farmers outside the hamlet of Masbaraud-Mérignat, where the Creuse region east of Limoges meets the département of Haute-Vienne. He was born in the same year that his eventual directeur sportif, Antonin Magne, became world road race champion. Poulidor began working on the farm where, he remembered, "the soil was poor and we had to work hard; farming incomes were poor." The need for working hands on the farm meant he left school at 14 even though he wanted to continue his studies. Local entertainment went little further than village fairs, with coconut shies, sack-races, competitions for bottles of home-made jam... and inter-village cycle races.

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