[CR]Poulidor's Mercier

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From: <greenjersey@ntlworld.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 21:12:41 +0100
Subject: [CR]Poulidor's Mercier

Of course I was wrong to suggest Pou-Pou's bike was all Campag as Mafac Brakes were normal. Certainly early in his career it was campag eg the famous shoulder to shoulder battle with Anquetil on the Puy de Dome in the 1964 Tour. However I now find a photo of him in the Paris-Roubaix 1968 and his Mercier is equiped with a Stronglight chainset and a Simplex "plastic" gear. By 1972 he had ditched the Mafacs for sidepulls, presumably campag. Incidentally Poulidor started 14 Tours, finishing twelve. Was he unique in every ride being on the same make and colour of bike? Ray Green, Brighton, England

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