It is a monument to French cycling that left us. Raymond Pulidor, winner of the 7 stages of the Tour de France, a race that he finished eight times on the podium, died on Wednesday, November 13 at the age of 83. Originally from Creweus, the former champion was already hospitalized due to "severe fatigue" in October 2019.
"Pupu" as it was called the history of the Tour de France, despite his image of "eternal second". Indeed, on 14 appearances (between 1962 and 1976), he finished eight times on the podium without ever winning, nor wear the yellow jersey. He still won the Tour of Spain in 1964, as well as the 1961 Milan-San Remo classics and the 1963 Flea Wallon.
To his enormous record, two Paris-Nice (1972 and 1973) and two Critérium du Dauphiné libéré (1966 and 1069) can be added. After 18 seasons at the highest level, Pulidor withdrew from the pack in 1977. In recent years, he was speaking at the Tour de France with LCL Bank, a yellow jersey partner.
Hospitalization in October 2019
After the 2019 Big Loop, the former champion's health began to deteriorate. In October 2019, he was due to be hospitalized in Saint-Leonard de Noble (Novul-Aquitaine) for "severe fatigue", according to his wife.
"Raymond is very tired of the last Tour de France"explained his wife Isisle Pulidor, without giving further details about his health.