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« Reply #90 on: November 20, 2019, 12:28 »
Raymond Poulidor's funeral was celebrated yesterday, in his own Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat in the Limousin, where he passed away.

I read somewhere that 2,000 people were expected at the ceremony (Ouest-France says there more than 1,000 people ), while the village itself counts 5,000. Inside the small church, 500 people were present but many more outside of it. Some campsites have been reopened to welcome the many camping cars of fans who made it to Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat. Some past greats were there as well: Bernard Thévenet and Bernard Hinault carried the coffin, Lucien Aimar had nice words for him, he said that Poulidor never showed any signs of envy/jealousy (Aimar was rival Jacques Anquetil's teammate), Marc Madiot and André Darrigade were also present and Luc Leblanc who had personally known him since childhood. Of course the family with Mathieu, David and Adrie Van der Poel. Mathieu left the message that his mother emotionally said: "You were so proud to be my grandfather and I am even prouder to be your grandson. You are my greatest champion".

Some tragic facts made me think a bit. Actually I knew for years that Raymond Poulidor was sort of addicted to his fame and popularity, to being in contact with the public. He couldn't live without it and has openly confessed it several times. A bit more than 10 years ago, I was offered his autobiography "Poulidor intime" in which he had these words:

"J'aime ce contact avec le public. Il est sûr que je vivrais très mal le fait de ne plus être reconnu dans la rue. De toute façon, le jour où je ne pourrai plus assurer ces animations et ces rencontre avec le public, cela voudrait dire que la fin est proche"

Which I would translate as:

"I like/love this contact with the public. It's for sure that I would feel very bad if I'm no longer recognised in the street. Anyway, the I would no longer be able to make these animations and meetings with the public, that would mean that the end is close".

The book was published in 2010. When reading that I remember saying to myself something like: "this seemingly indestructible and super healthy man has a weakness, here". I didn't really think that that would eventually kill him but it clearly was a weakness.

I recently read an article that saddened me an awful lot. Last September, Poulidor was expected to go the a Leclerc supermarket in Fleury-Les-Aubrais, in the outskirts of Orléans, where he would go pretty much every year to sell and dedicate books. It's about a 3h drive from Saint-Léonard de Noblat and he would always do that on his own, by car. This year he was to do it as well. He never reached Fleury ... He was very weak and tired and got lost in the Orléans suburbs. The next day he was taken to hospital. I didn't know that at all...  :(

Marc Madiot in an interview after the news report that he passed away was that he would leave a great void after him because you could see him on pretty much every French race from Bessèges or La Marseillaise to the Tour of France of course. I don't know if also this year he was present in the French season openers but at age 82/83 still touring round every peloton race to be in contact with the public must've been extremely exhaustive.

Poulidor also went to Narosse in the French Basque country last April to celebrate André Darrigade's 90th birthday, as you can see on the YT clip below (1.28). Darrigade remember that is was very fit that day. The former great sprinter met again with Poulidor during the Pau stage of the Tour of France. That day he wasn't well, was tired and then he had him on the phone when he was home and he wasnt well at all.

The last time I read about Poulidor was during the same Tour of France. I read an interview of his, talking about Wout Van Aert. He had nice words for his grandson's main rival. I was about to share it with you on these boards here but couldn't find the time. It was really amazing to see a 83 year old guy still so clear-minded about present-day cycling. But he really did too much.

I'm saying all this because I sometimes fear that all these past greats who are still so hyped today might go the same way. I saw Merckx reacting to Poulidor's death. He didn't look good at all either. De Vlaeminck has also been hospitalised, he felt tired. Now he's in a course of antibiotics but feeling better. These guys who formerly raced in the advent of live television were enjoying fame as riders and cannot really live without it. They should rest a bit, I think and stop saying yes to any press invitations, methinks.  :angel


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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #92 on: March 04, 2020, 02:09 »
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/51727405

    :O
    Another WOW. Nico Portal. 40. That's crazy. Is it just me, or does it seem like the past few years have seen a LOT of young athletes dying from heart attacks?

    He WILL be missed. I, and others, have been giving him credit for the lion's share of Sky/Ineos' "luck" in the grand tours. I'm not sure what to say about the upcoming seasons without him. This year is going to be absolutely crazy, anyway, because of covid 19. Just nuts.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #93 on: March 04, 2020, 04:15 »
    so sad  :(     way too young
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #94 on: March 04, 2020, 06:59 »
    Portal was one of those who retired from racing due to heart issues, wasn´t he?

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    « Reply #95 on: March 04, 2020, 07:09 »
    Portal was one of those who retired from racing due to heart issues, wasn´t he?
    Don't know if he retired because of it, but he did have a heart condition.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #96 on: March 04, 2020, 07:57 »
    "Having to call time on my racing career was obviously a difficult one, but the birth of my first child last year changed my outlook a lot and taking this decision now means my heart condition is never going to worsen and I'll always be able to lead a normal life", is what he said in 2010

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #97 on: March 04, 2020, 10:39 »
    Don't know if he retired because of it, but he did have a heart condition.

    Arrhythmia kept him out for 2009, he raced in 2010 and then quit due to the condition.
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    « Reply #98 on: March 05, 2020, 20:46 »
    Not willing to make you cry even more after such a sad news but after stage 4 of the 2006 Tour of France which ended in Saint-Quentin, in Northern France, Picardy, a good friend of mine, then living in Cambrai (département du Nord, not far away) visited the race at the finish. He was a CEI fan (Caisse d'Épargne - Illes Balears, not sure about the spelling) and Nico Portal had just joined the team. He had the pleasure to see Nico with a few mates of his. Nicolas would spend over an hour chatting with them. That was unusual for a pro rider. He was too nice with people. At that time, my friend started to take some distance with cycling but he did send me a picture the next day. I thought I still had it but couldn't find it back. I really remember his writing on Messenger: "Now, he's my favourite rider, Portal". :)

     
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #99 on: March 25, 2020, 23:57 »
    I just got the news that Italo De Zan passed away on March 9 from coronavirus, at age 94. He was living in Treviso, so that's in Veneto, not Lombardy.

    He won a stage at the 1948 Tour of Italy and finished 3rd at the 1947 Tour of Lombardy behind no other than Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali.

    The first cycling personality to die from the current pandemic, I think.

    I've always wondered whether he was related to the famous Rai commentator Adriano De Zan.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #100 on: March 30, 2020, 21:56 »
    How many are we going to lose?  :(

    Danilo Barozzi passed away last Thursday, 25 March, also to Covid-19, at age 92. He was from Emily-Romagna, a region that was heavily infected by the epidemic but he passed away in the Province of Ancona, much further South, in a region that is, as far as I know, less infected.

    Barozzi won a stage at the Tour of Catalunya, twice the Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato (1954 & 1956), was 3rd at the 1953 Tour of Switzerland and 4th at the 1952 Tour of Lombardy.





    Praying that his former teammate at Atala Arrigo Padovan will survive this. He's still alive, same age, and living in Veneto, so much exposed.  :o
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #101 on: July 24, 2020, 11:17 »
    Jean Brankart passed away yesterday. I had just celebrated his 90th birthday on the Library. His birthday was 12 July. It happens to also be mine. I didn't know that he was fighting stomach cancer.  :(

    Jean Brankart was second to Louison Bobet in the 1955 Tour of France. He then won two stages. I remember watching a documentary show by 2004 on RTBF. He would give his comment on that Tour of France. He said that he feared the mountains like every rider back in those days and he was always in trouble in the Tourmalet, including that year. Yet he won the Tourmalet stage, recovering in the descent and then in the Aubisque. Later on he won the ITT in Tours if I'm not mistaken. He also came second in the 1958 Tour of Italy. Then had to retire in 1960 at age 30. According to doctors, the heart was tired. He would say how hard the life of a cycling rider was back then. They didn't have all the facilities that they have now. For example, when it rained for two days in a row, they had to wash their own jerseys themselves in the hotel rooms.

    Since he could then live on to age 90, it surely was a good decision. I also remember reading an article by Claude Degauquier in a "Coups de pédales" magazine in which he expressed his fear that some riders do not handle the transition between their top level sport career and their second career. It's a great danger for athletes to stop high intensity training all at once. Some riders passed away shortly after their careers for that reason. Vicente Lopez-Carril was an example. But Brankart escaped that fate narrowly, according to the article.

    I had the pleasure to meet him once. That was at a cycling-related second-hand book market in Wanze, back in 2006 (Wanze is close to Huy, that year it was the start of the third stage of the Tour of Italy). He was dedicating books, sitting right next to Freddy Maertens. In top shape !



    And I didn't know that Roger Decock also left this world last May, at age 93. He was the oldest Tour of Flanders winner (1952) and the oldest Paris-Nice winner (1951).



    https://twitter.com/OliverNaesen/status/1267001981463334913?s=20

    "RIP Roger Decock. In January, still had the pleasure to chat with him during 'Velofollies'", says Oliver Naesen.  :(

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #102 on: November 19, 2020, 17:08 »
    Louis Rostollan passed away last week from cancer at age 84.

    He is the 1961 Tour of Romandy winner and was a loyal domestique for Jacques Anquetil. He supported Anquetil in his plight on the Envalira at the 1964 Tour of France. He was also a first hand witness of the Roger Rivière crash at the Col du Perjuret in 1960 "Roger à tombé, Roger a tombé" ("Roger has fallen", ungrammatical French!).

    He became a bricklayer after his cycling career.


    His grandson Thomas Rostollan was a pro rider for La Pomme Marseille in 2013/14 and for Armée de Terre in 2016/17 but retired in 2017, unable to find a new contract.

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    « Reply #103 on: December 03, 2020, 11:14 »
    A great champion and one of the all-time great time-trialists, Aldo Moser passed away from Covid-19 at age 86.  :(


    The older brother of Diego, Enzo and Francesco Moser, uncle of Moreno and Leonardo Moser won the Nations GP in 1959, the Baracchi Trophy in 1958 and 1959 with Ercole Baldini and was 5th in the 1956 Tour of Italy (the one with the heavy snow storm on the Bondone that Charly Gaul won).

    He was pro for 20 seasons (late 1954 to 1974).



    https://www.sports.fr/cyclisme/cyclisme-aldo-moser-403757.html

    Aldo with his famous brother (it seems to me that it was at Gimondi's funeral).

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    « Reply #104 on: January 03, 2021, 23:18 »
    Roger Hassenforder passed away this afternoon at age 90.

    Winner of 8 stages at the Tour of France and second to Louison Bobet at the 1959 Bordeaux-Paris, the Alsacian Roger Hassenforder had a reputation as a joker in the fifties peloton. For instance, he would sneak a slug into Louis Caput's bidon:D

    He was also famous for his inflammatory interviews like when he said : "I have one Bobet in each leg".

    After retirement he founded a restaurant in Kaysersberg, Alsace, near Colmar where he comes from. A Swiss family took over but they kept the name "Chez Roger Hassenforder". He also was a hunter in Africa






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    « Reply #105 on: January 12, 2021, 21:15 »
    I was sad to learn that earlier this year, the "Empress of Herentals" passed away. Rik Van Looy had to say farewell to Nini, his spouse (never knew if it was her real name but she was known as Nini).  :(

    During Rik's career, Nini could completely forget herself for her husband. In recent years, she was very ill and Rik in return was a full-time caregiver for her. For that reason, he had to stop riding 50 km a day as used to. "She did so much to me in the past. Now it's my turn". Michel Wuyts said that she was warm and charming, that in the sixties she was a "poster girl" and a "mater familias".

    https://sporza.be/nl/2021/01/02/rik-van-looy-neemt-afscheid-van-nini-de-1e-grande-dame-in-belgische-wielerwereld~1609586583805/

    They married in 1955 before Rik won his first classic. Rik's former team director, Lomme Driessens, didn't allow his riders' wives' presence at races but he made an exception for Nini.

    She also was Hugo Mariën's sister, Van Looy's team director at Solo Superia. Some say she was influential in having her brother getting the job in her husband's team while he had never been a pro rider.

     
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    « Reply #106 on: February 05, 2021, 00:15 »
    Ryszard Szurkowski passed away at age 75.  #rainbow Amateur World Champion in 1973 and four-time winner of the Peace Race (1970, 1971, 1973 and 1975). One of the best Eastern riders of the 1970's. Szurkowski raced Paris-Nice twice in 1974 and 1975 in a time some Western opened up to Eastern amateur team. Only the Polish team raced it. He was 28th in 1974 and 54th in 1975 but in 1974 he was 2nd to Merckx in the 2nd stage and 3rd to Leman and Van Linden in the 4th one. He also started but DNF the Dauphiné in 1983.

    Szurkowski lost one of his sons in the 9/11 attack. At the 2018 Tour of Cologne, he raced a race for seniors and crashed heavily, which left him paralysed.

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    « Reply #107 on: February 24, 2021, 10:11 »
    André Dufraisse passed away at age 94. Five Cyclocross World titles are gone #rainbow (1954 to 1958) are gone :(.

    He was still a popular figure in his own Limousin along with the late Raymond Poulidor. Some supporters even created the association "Amis de Raymond Poulidor et André Dufraisse" in order to start some sporting and cultural events over there in the Limousin.



    Other sad cycling news from the Limousin, Raymond's older brother, André Poulidor also passed away, at age 90, as it seems, a victim of covid-19.

    https://www.lepopulaire.fr/limoges-87000/sports/andre-poulidor-grand-frere-de-raymond-et-president-d-un-club-de-cyclisme-pendant-28-ans-est-decede_13918831/

    He was himself an amateur cyclist in his own right. Raymond humbly claimed that André was a better climber than him. He stopped racing in 1977, same year as Raymond. For 28 years, he was also the President of a cycling club in the Limousin, Saint-Denis Union Sports.



    There were five Poulidor brothers. René the elder of them passed away in 2000, Raymond was the youngest and passed away in 2019, one of them was born dead and Henri, two years older than Raymond is still alive but not really fit. He couldn't attend Raymond's funeral as he was wheelchaired. Henri was also a professional rider at Mercier for a few years in the sixties, with a decent sprint.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #108 on: May 30, 2021, 12:02 »
    It's been two months now, on 5 April, but I only was informed about it now and am sad about the passing of Sergio Maggini *it at age 101 ! As far as I know, he was the oldest pro cyclist still alive. Now we still have Ernst Näf *ch (former Swiss Champion and winner of the Zuri Metzgete) who has just turned 101 and Émile Idée *fr who hopefully will turn 101 next July.

    Sergio Maggini won the Barachi Trophy in 1947 when it was still an ITT (not raced by pairs), the Coppa Bernocchi, Milan Turin and the Tour of Piedmont among others. He won a stage at the Tour of Italy and was 3rd at the 1947 Milan-Sanremo to Gino Bartali and Ezio Cecchi. His younger brother Luciano passed away in 2012. He also won Milan Turin and twice the Tour of Emily along with 5 stages at the Tour of Italy.



    https://twitter.com/herbiesykes/status/700679979281977344

    Also much younger, Wilfried Peffgen *de passed away on 11 May, three time Motor-paced World Champion, stage winner at the Tour of Spain and winner of 16 Sixes.



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    « Reply #109 on: May 30, 2021, 23:03 »
    By the way, one of my pictures seems to be bugging on this page. I don't know if that's also the case for you. If yes, mods, can you identify it and remove it?
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    « Reply #110 on: June 06, 2021, 21:46 »
    Thanks ! I was not even aware by the time I posted that Robert Marchand also passed away, on 22 May. At such a young age !

    Not a great year for cycling centenaries. I really thought he could have been a supercentenary but he didn't reach the 110 mark.
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    « Reply #111 on: June 07, 2021, 07:58 »
    Thanks ! I was not even aware by the time I posted that Robert Marchand also passed away, on 22 May. At such a young age !

    Not a great year for cycling centenaries. I really thought he could have been a supercentenary but he didn't reach the 110 mark.

     I was shocked when his death was discussed on Eurosport race commentary and you hadn't posted! ;)
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    « Reply #112 on: June 09, 2021, 19:30 »
    I was shocked when his death was discussed on Eurosport race commentary and you hadn't posted! ;)

    I've been completely disconnected with cycling in the last two months. I don't even know who won the Tour of Italy :D. Just glad that Mathieu won two stages in Switzerland.
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    « Reply #113 on: July 03, 2021, 00:55 »
    Horrific news, Jolien Verschueren passed away at age 31 from brain cancer.  :o



    She was a cyclocross rider, very short in height, specialised in hilly courses. She had her best season in 2015/2016 when she both won the Koppenberg and Overijse. She combined her racing career with a job as a kindergarten teacher. In 2018 she had to retire after her brain surgery but she now lost the battle against cancer. She'll be so sorely missed.  :(

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    « Reply #114 on: July 03, 2021, 03:22 »
    She'll be so sorely missed.  :(

    Thank you for sharing that.  Very sad story, indeed.
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    « Reply #115 on: September 19, 2021, 06:48 »
    https://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2021-09-18-chris-anker-soerensen-er-doed-efter-ulykke

    Danish pro cyclist-turned-TV commentator Chris Anker was hit by a car while riding his bike near Brugge where he was to commentate on the world championships with TV2. He later died of his injuries.

    Rest in peace, Chris Anker.

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    « Reply #116 on: September 24, 2021, 14:36 »
    One week before Chris Anker Sörensen, Henri Denys also called Rik Denijs passed away at age 91. He was the oldest winner of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, that was back in 1956. He was so "obscure" that I could see no news report about his death, just De Wielersite says date of death 12th September 2021. So may he be remembered here !

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    « Reply #117 on: October 03, 2021, 12:49 »
    Just heard the news of Bernard Tapie's death. It still belongs here as he raised the La Vie Claire team with Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, and the ugly Piet Mondrian jersey.  :S



    At that time, Hinault was struggling with a knee injury. The Breton told him that it was 50% possible that he could come back. Tapie appreciated his honesty. Had he said he was 100% sure of it, he wouldn't have believed him.

    I read somewhere that Tapie was the first to understand that the Tour of France was all that mattered to raise money. So his time in cycling corresponded with the first focus on the Tour of France ... Hinault didn't do much in his last season. LeMond did a couple of classics but that's it. Also that's when big money was raised, LeMond's salary suddenly lift off at expense of the domestiques.

    Then Tapie turned to football and other businesses, was accused of fraud many times. The stress of all these trials gave him cancer (despite his healthy lifestyle, but well if you are a crook, you somehow pay for it at some point).

    May God forgive all his misdeeds !
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