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Anquetil

Anquetil

[ankuh-teel]
Anquetil, Jacques, 1934-87, French bicycle racer, b. Mont-Saint-Aignan, Normandy. Beginning to race in 1951, he won the French amateur championship a year later. Anquetil was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times (1957, 1961-64). Particularly adept at time trial sprints, he also won Spain's Vuelta a España (1963), Italy's Giro d'Italia (1960, 1964), and the Grand Prix des Nations (1953-58, 1961, 1965-66).
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