Jacques Anquetil Biography
(French Road Racing Cyclist and the First Cyclist to Win the 'Tour de France' Five Times)
Birthday: January 8, 1934 (Capricorn)
Born In: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Jacques Anquetil was a French cyclist whose journey in cycling started as an amateur and he went on to become a champion cyclist marking a place in the history of the sports. His exceptional ability to beat the clock earned him the title ‘Monsieur Chrono’. He emerged as the winner in his first professional race ‘Grand Prix de Lugano’. The same year he won the ‘Grand Prix des Nations’ which he won eight more times. He made history by becoming the first ever road racing cyclist who has won the ‘Tour de France’ 5 times. The other professional achievements of this extraordinary man include winning the ‘Overall Four Days of Dunkirk’ , ‘Overall Giro d'Italia’, ‘Critérium des As’, ‘Overall Paris–Nice’, ‘Overall Vuelta a España’ and ‘Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré’ among numerous other titles. His personal life was equally colourful with several relationships. ‘L'Équipe’ the French newspaper tagged him as the champions of champions of France. He was honoured with the ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite’ (The National Order of Merit) and the ‘Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur’ (the National Order of the Legion of Honour).