One day One story - 1964: A duel at the summit on the Puy-de-Dôme
July 16 th 2020 - 12:11
The 2020 Tour was originally scheduled to take place from 27 June to 19 July. To keep the flame of the race burning, letour.fr will relive every day a glorious or curious race event that happened two, fifteen or forty years ago. A trip down memory lane…
Anquetil versus Poulidor was a duel that stoked the fire of cycling debate and far beyond, dividing France into two clans, with each side finding something that appealed to them in the opposing styles and temperaments of the two riders. Already a four-time winner of the race, “Master Jacques” was decked out in yellow when he came under threat on the climb up the Puy-de-Dôme, the venue for their most memorable bout of sparring. Although the stage had already been won by Julio Jiménez, Poulidor managed to break away and leave his great rival in his wake during the last kilometre, gaining forty seconds. In the end Anqueti still managed to hang on to the lead in the general classification and put one hand on his fifth title.