Lucien Aimar

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Lucien Aimar
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Aimar at the 1973 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameLucien Aimar
Born (1941-04-28) 28 April 1941 (age 78)
Hyères, France
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
1963–1964 Saint-Raphaël–Gitane–R. Geminiani
Professional team(s)
1965–1966 Ford France–Gitane
1967–1969 Bic–Hutchinson
1970–1971 Sonolor–Lejeune
1972 Rokado–Colders
1973 De Kova–Lejeune
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (1966)
1 individual stage

Lucien Aimar (pronounced  [ly.sjɛ̃ ɛ.maʁ] ; born 28 April 1941) is a French cyclist, who won the Tour de France in 1966 and the national road championship in 1968. He is now a race organizer. He was born in Hyères, France.

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Amateur career

Lucien Aimar came second in the Tour de l'Avenir in 1964, 42 seconds behind the Italian, Felice Gimondi. But for a one-minute penalty for an incident involving a Belgian rider, Aimar would have won. Later that year he rode in the individual road race at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. [1]

Professional career

Aimar (left) with Ford France-Hutchinson teammate Jacques Anquetil at the 1966 Tour de France Tour de France , Jacques Anquetil, Bestanddeelnr 919-2983.jpg
Aimar (left) with Ford France–Hutchinson teammate Jacques Anquetil at the 1966 Tour de France
Aimar on a 1972 UAE stamp Lucien Aimar 1972 Ajman stamp.jpg
Aimar on a 1972 UAE stamp

1965

Aimar turned professional in 1965 for Ford-Gitane, a team led by Jacques Anquetil. He made sufficient impression for the manager, Raphaël Géminiani, to pick him for the Tour de France in his first season. Aimar abandoned the race while climbing the Col d'Aubisque in the Pyrenees on the ninth stage.

1966

Aimar won Genoa-Nice at the start of the season, came second on the Flèche Wallonne and won the Tour de France. His victory was based on an attack on the Aubisque, where he had pulled out the previous year, and on another attack in Turin. Each was followed by fast descending, at which he was talented. He also benefited from the support of Jacques Anquetil, riding his last Tour de France. Anquetil ensured that his team would ride in Aimar's support and then left the race. Aimar finished 1:17 ahead of the Dutchman, Jan Janssen and Anquetil's French rival, Raymond Poulidor. His season ended with ninth place in the world championship on the Nürburgring in West Germany. His ride was criticised, however, for help that he gave to the German, Rudi Altig. Aimar chased a breakaway group that included Jacques Anquetil, his partner in the French team, and took Altig with him. Altig won the title and Anquetil came second.

1967

In 1967, Aimar's and Anquetil's team became Bic, sponsored by a company making ballpoint pens, cigarette lighters and razors. Aimar won the Four Days of Dunkirk, the hill climb of Mont Faron and came seventh in the Giro d'Italia after sacrificing his chances for Anquetil. Aimar rode the Tour de France for France, the organizers having started a two-year experiment with national teams. Aimar was joint leader with the eventual winner, Roger Pingeon. Aimar won the eighth stage at the top of the Ballon d'Alsace, then rode for Pingeon and finished sixth.

Aimar came second in the national road championship at Felletin in the Creuse, finishing behind Désiré Letort. Letort was later disqualified for doping.

1968

The Tour de France again opted for national rather than sponsored teams. Aimar chose to lead the French 'B' team rather than be a support rider in the 'A' team. He finished seventh, coming second behind Roger Pingeon on stage two, in the Chartreuse. The same two riders broke away in the national championship on a demanding circuit at Aubenas (Ardèche). Aimar beat him in the sprint, collecting the blue, white and red jersey of national champion that he had refused to wear the previous year in solidarity with Désiré Letort.

1969

Aimar had trouble finding his form in 1969, a year already difficult because a one-month suspension for doping denied him a start in the Vuelta a España. He lost his national champion's jersey to Desire Letort and then rode a disastrous Tour de France, suffering in the Alps and finishing 30th. The manager, Géminiani, was so disillusioned with his riders that he didn't bother following the race any further once it had reached his home in Clermont-Ferrand.

1970

Aimar left Bic, which had a new leader in Luis Ocaña, a Spaniard long resident in France. He joined the new Sonolor-Lejeune team, run by Jean Stablinski with Lucien Van Impe and Bernard Guyot as leaders. Aimar won the Critérium de la Polymultipliée, then came 17th in the Tour de France in support of Van Impe. He finished his season with second place in Bordeaux–Paris behind the specialist Herman Van Springel.

1971

Aimar stayed with Sonolor, but with the team leadership confirmed in Van Impe, who finished the Tour de France third, winning the climbers' competition. Aimar was ninth, his best place since 1968.

1972

His career in decline, Aimar left Sonolor to join a new German team, Rokado, alongside his compatriots Gilbert Bellone and Jean Graczyk and the leaders, Rolf Wolfshohl and Gerben Karstens. Aimar finished the Tour, his eighth in succession, 17th.

1973

For his last season, Aimar rejoined Raphaël Géminiani, who had persuaded a nightclub dancer called Miriam de Kova to sponsor a team, De Kova–Lejeune, for the publicity it would give her. The team made little impression other than the pink jerseys it wore. The team provided the last five in that year's Tour de France, in which Aimar finished 17th. After team's money ran out at the end of the race, [2] Aimar stopped racing to become a technical adviser for cycling in Provence-Côte d'Azur and then organizer of the Tour Méditerranéen.

Career achievements

Major results

Source: [3] [4]

1963
1st Overall Route de France (Under-23)
8th Overall Tour de l'Avenir (Under-23)
1st Stage 8
1964
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir (Under-23)
6th Amateur road race, UCI Road World Championships
1965
3rd Paris–Camembert
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1966
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de France
1st Gênes–Nice
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Overall Euskal Bizikleta
3rd Overall Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Overall Promotion Pernod
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
5th Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
9th Road race, 1966 UCI Road World Championships
1967
1st Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Manx Premier Trophy
1st Mont Faron hill climb
4th Overall Paris–Nice
5th Paris–Tours
6th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 8
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1968
1st MaillotFra.PNG National Road Race Championship
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
7th Overall Tour de France
7th Overall Paris–Nice
9th Overall Vuelta a España
1970
1st Polymultipliée
1st Overall Challenge Yellow
1st Stage 5 Grand Prix du Midi Libre
2nd Bordeaux–Paris
2nd Overall Critérium National
3rd Critérium des As
5th Overall Paris–Nice
8th Gênes–Nice
1971
3rd Frankfurt Grand Prix
6th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
9th Overall Tour de France
1972
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1973
1st Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk
8th Bordeaux–Paris

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

196519661967196819691970197119721973
Tour de France DNF-9 1 6 7 30 17 9 17 17
Stages won001000000
Mountains classificationNRNR6NRNRNR23NRNR
Points classificationNR1614NRNRNR23NRNR
Giro d'Italia DNEDNE7DNEDNEDNEDNEDNEDNE
Stages won0
Mountains classification2
Points classificationN/ANR
Vuelta a España 11DNEDNE9DNEDNEDNEDNEDNE
Stages won00
Mountains classificationNRNR
Points classificationNRNR
Legend
1Winner
2–3Top three-finish
4–10Top ten-finish
11–Other finish
DNEDid Not Enter
DNF-xDid Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-xDid Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQDisqualified
N/ARace/classification not held
NRNot Ranked in this classification

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References

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