06 February 2024

Raymond Poulidor: “Poupou”

By Vera Klap History
Raymond Poulidor: “Poupou”
Raymond Poulidor (1936-2019) also known as "Poupou" and "the eternal second" was a French cyclist of the Mercier team. Due to strong rivals such as Jacques Anquetil and later Eddy Merckx, he never managed to achieve victory in the Tour de France, but instead often took second or third place, earning him the nickname "the eternal second." Although never a winner of the final classification of the Tour de France, Poupou did win many other races, including the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Switzerland.   Raymond Poulidor 1966 Favorite of the public Raymond's likeable demeanour quickly made him...
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21 December 2023

1890s Women Cyclists

By shamim kordbache History
1890 Vrouwelijke wielrensters
In the late 19th century, an era often described as the Victorian era, a remarkable shift began to take place in the way women participated in society. One of the striking aspects of this change was the emergence of women into the world of cycling in the 1890s. The bicycle, considered a revolutionary means of transportation at the time, offered women a new level of freedom and mobility. It was a time when women began to break away from traditional gender roles and increasingly turned to activities previously considered "inappropriate." woman cyclist in 1897 The Age of Emancipation and rise...
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19 October 2023

Jaap Eden's 150th Birthday: The Dutch Sports Legend on Two Wheels and Two Skates!

By shamim kordbache History
Jaap Eden, De Nederlandse Sportlegende op Twee Wielen en Twee Schaatsen!
In honour of Jaap Eden's 150th birthday, we dive into the history of this renowned Dutch sportsman and spotlight athlete. This phenomenal athlete, who became world champion on both bicycle and skating, has left a lasting mark on Dutch sports history. Jaap Eden, born Oct. 19, 1873, in Groningen, Netherlands, was a fascinating figure both on and off the sports field. Despite his unparalleled athletic achievements, his personal life was far from simple and had many challenges.
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13 October 2023

Tommy Simpson - a tragic symbol of the fight against doping in cycling

By shamim kordbache History
Tommy Simpson - een tragisch symbool van de de strijd tegen doping in de wielersport
It's July 13, 1967, and it's scorching hot in Provence, France. The Tour de France is in full swing, with riders prepared to ascend the formidable Mont Ventoux. Tommy Simpson, a skilled English cyclist noted for his drive and fighter's mindset who rides for the illustrious Peugeot-Michelin team, is one of them. Nobody could have predicted that this day would go down in cycling history as one of the darkest. Tour doctor Doctor Pierre Dumas provides first aid and tries to save Tom Simpson with mouth-to-mouth breathing. Simpson, born in 1937, was one of the most promising cyclists of his...
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24 August 2023

Gustave and Alfons Deloor in the Vuelta

By shamim kordbache History
Gustaaf en Alfons Deloor in de Vuelta
Close to the border with the Netherlands in De Klinge, Belgium, Gustaaf De Loor and his 3-year older brother Alfons saw the light of day. The brothers dominated the first editions of La Vuelta. Gustaaf Deloor won the first two editions of La Vuelta - 1935 and 1936. In the second edition of 1936, Gustaaf stood shoulder to shoulder with his brother Alfons on the podium.  The Deloor brothers he played a major role in international cycling before WWII. Unfortunately, the Spanish Civil War and WWII caused both riders to retire early.   Who were these two brothers? Gustaaf (Stafke)...
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10 August 2023

Federico Bahamontes 1928-2023: The Eagle of Toledo

By shamim kordbache History
Federico Bahamontes: De Adelaar van Toledo
Federico Bahamontes was born on July 9, 1928, in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, a small town near Toledo in central Spain. He started cycling as a teenager and quickly showed his talent, winning his first race at the age of 15. Federico Bahamontes passed away at the age of 95 on August 8, 2023. Bahamontes turned professional in 1954 and quickly established himself as one of the best climbers in the peloton. The performance of Federico Bahamontes in the 1954 Tour has since been elevated to legend. The virtually unknown Spanish debutant in the race left everyone behind on one of the...
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