Raymond Poulidor

1936 - 2019

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Raymond Poulidor (French pronunciation: [ʁɛmɔ̃ pulidɔʁ]; 15 April 1936 – 13 November 2019), nicknamed "Pou-Pou" (pronounced [pu pu]), was a French professional racing cyclist, who rode for Mercier his entire career. His distinguished career coincided with two other outstanding riders – Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx. This underdog position may have been the reason Poulidor was a favourite of the public. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raymond Poulidor has received more than 408,655 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Raymond Poulidor is the 5th most popular cyclist (up from 8th in 2019), the 1,007th most popular biography from France (up from 1,595th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Cyclist.

Raymond Poulidor is most famous for being a French cyclist who was the runner-up in the Tour de France five times.

Memorability Metrics

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  • 31

    Languages Editions (L)

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    Effective Languages (L*)

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Raymond Poulidor has had the most page views in the with 225,065 views, followed by English (63,775), and Dutch (61,538). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latvian (120.27%), Czech (117.49%), and Dutch (113.40%)


Among cyclists, Raymond Poulidor ranks 5 out of 1,613Before him are Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi, Federico Bahamontes, and Jacques Anquetil. After him are Gino Bartali, Maurice Garin, Bernard Hinault, Lucien Petit-Breton, Miguel Induráin, Felice Gimondi, and Lance Armstrong.

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Among people born in 1936, Raymond Poulidor ranks 48Before him are B. J. Habibie, Günter Blobel, Steve Reich, Émile Lahoud, Ghassan Kanafani, and Bill Wyman. After him are Benedict Anderson, Yasuo Fukuda, Roger Whittaker, Assia Djebar, Choummaly Sayasone, and Richard Wilson. Among people deceased in 2019, Raymond Poulidor ranks 45Before him are Murray Gell-Mann, Tony Buzan, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Giya Kancheli, Lennart Johansson, and Franco Columbu. After him are Kary Mullis, Li Peng, Prem Tinsulanonda, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Ágnes Heller, and Fernando de la Rúa.

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In France

Among people born in France, Raymond Poulidor ranks 1,007 out of 6,770Before him are Jean Moulin (1899), Georges Brassens (1921), René Girard (1923), Pauline Viardot (1821), Leonard of Noblac (496), and Alice Guy-Blaché (1873). After him are Claude Louis Hector de Villars (1653), Nicolas Chauvin (1790), Julien Green (1900), Louis II of Anjou (1377), Gérard Mourou (1944), and Louise Bourgeois (1911).

Among CYCLISTS In France

Among cyclists born in France, Raymond Poulidor ranks 2Before him are Jacques Anquetil (1934). After him are Bernard Hinault (1954), Lucien Petit-Breton (1882), Henri Cornet (1884), Roger Pingeon (1940), Laurent Fignon (1960), Octave Lapize (1887), François Faber (1887), Louison Bobet (1925), Louis Trousselier (1881), and Roger Walkowiak (1927).