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1964 Tour de France

June 22 - July 14

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

1963 Tour | 1965 Tour | Tour de France database | 1964 Tour Quick Facts | Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1964 Tour de France |


1964 Tour Quick Facts:

4,502.4 km raced at an average speed of 35.420 km/hr. There were 132 starters and 81 classified finishers.

The 1964 Tour de France was one of the greatest races of all time. Anquetil had come off his Giro victory that ended just 14 days before the Tour started and was tired. His battle with Poulidor culminating in a titanic side-by side climb up Puy de Dôme in stage 20, where Anquetil had conserved just 14 seconds of his lead, is one of the legends of the sport.

Although Anquetil was now the first 5-time Tour winner and the second winner of the Giro-Tour double (after Coppi), he would never again win a Grand Tour.


Complete Final 1964 Tour de France General Classification:

  1. Jacques Anquetil (St Raphaël-Gitane): 127hr 9min 44sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) @ 55sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes (Margnat-Paloma) @ 4min 44sec
  4. Henry Anglade (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 6min 42sec
  5. Georges Groussard (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 10min 34sec
  6. André Foucher (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 10min 36sec
  7. Julio Jiménez (KAS) @ 12min 13sec
  8. Gilbert Desmet (Wiels-Groene-Leeuw) @ 12min 17sec
  9. Jans Junkermann (Wiels-Groene-Leeuw) @ 14min 2sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni (Salvarani) @ 14min 19sec
  11. Esteban Martin (Margnat-Paloma) @ 25min 11sec
  12. Fernando Manzaneque (Ferrys) @ 32min 9sec
  13. Francisco Gabica (KAS) @ 41min 47sec
  14. Tom Simpson (Peugeot-BP) @ 41min 50sec
  15. Rudi Altig (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 42min 8sec
  16. Karl-Heinz Kunde (Wiels-Groene-Leeuw) @ 42min 16sec
  17. Joaquin Galera (KAS) @ 43min 47sec
  18. Henri Duez (Peugeot-BP) @ 46min 16sec
  19. Joseph Novales (Margnat-Paloma) @ 48min 49sec
  20. Eddy Pauwels (Margnat-Paloma) @ 50min 2sec
  21. Arnaldo Pambiano (Salvarani) @ 52min 0sec
  22. Louis Rostollan (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 55min 6sec
  23. Sebastian Elorza (KAS) @ 55min 14sec
  24. Jan Janssen (Pelforth) @ 59min 31sec
  25. Battista Babini (Salvarani) @ 1hr 5min 24sec
  26. Rogelio Hernandez (Ferrys) @ 1hr 8min 16sec
  27. Claude Mattio (Margnat-Paloma) @ 1hr 13min 45sec
  28. Raymond Mastrotto (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 16min 34sec
  29. Paul Vermeulen (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 18min 50sec
  30. Willy Monty (Pelforth) @ 1hr 23min 26sec
  31. Jean Gainche (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 28min 20sec
  32. Victor Van Schil (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 30min 13sec
  33. Edouard Sels (Solo-Superia) @ 1hr 31min 35sec
  34. Guy Epaud (Pelforth) @ 1hr 33min 12sec
  35. Jean Stablinski (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 1hr 34min 10sec
  36. André Zimmerman (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 1hr 37min 52sec
  37. Hubertus Zilverberg (Flandria-Romeo) @ 1hr 41min 30sec
  38. Albertus Geldermans (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 1hr 46min 24sec
  39. Cees Haast (Televizier) @ 1hr 47min 44sec
  40. Gilbert Desmet (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 1hr 48min 12sec
  41. Juan Uribezubia (KAS) @ 1hr 49min 33sec
  42. Camille Vyncke (Flandria-Romeo) @ 2hr 0min 17sec
  43. Jo De Roo (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 2hr 0min 23sec
  44. Luis Otano (Ferrys) @ 2hr 1min 11sec
  45. José Segu (Margnat-Paloma) @ 2hr 1min 34sec
  46. Antonio Franchi (Salvarani) @ 2hr 3min 28sec
  47. Robert Poulot (Mercier-BP) @ 2hr 6min 26sec
  48. Bruno Fantinato (Salvarani) @ 2hr 6min 35sec
  49. Benoni Beheyt (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 2hr 8min 7sec
  50. Italo Mazzacurati (Savarani) @ 2hr 8min 8sec
  51. Edouard Delberghe (Pelforth) @ 2hr 9min 40sec
  52. Martín Piñera (KAS) @ 2hr 11min 3sec
  53. Guillaume Van Tongerloo (Flandria-Romeo) @ 2hr 15min 34sec
  54. Hubert Ferrer (Pelforth) @ 2hr 15min 59sec
  55. Antonio Bertran (Ferrys) @ 2hr 18min 38sec
  56. Michael Wright (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 2hr 19min 8sec
  57. Bernard Vendekerkhove (Solo-Superia) @ 2hr 21min 29sec
  58. Michel Van Aerde (Solo-Superia) @ 2hr 21min 57sec
  59. Robert Cazala (Mercier-BP) @ 2hr 24min 21sec
  60. Jo De Haan (Televizier) @ 2hr 25min 47sec
  61. Edgard Sorgeloos (Solo-Superia) @ 2hr 30min 22sec
  62. Mario Minieri (Salvarani) @ 2hr 31min 29sec
  63. Pierre Everaert (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 2hr 32min 9sec
  64. Rik Wauters (Televizier) @ 2hr 34min 6sec
  65. Barry Hoban (Mercier-BP) @ 2hr 38min 48sec
  66. Hank Nijdam (Televizier) @ 2hr 41min 2sec
  67. André Darrigade (Margnat-Paloma) @ 2hr 41min 9sec
  68. Willy Berboven (Solo-Superia) @ 2hr 42min 9sec
  69. Camille Le Menn (Peugeot) @ 2hr 47min 36sec
  70. Frans Brands (Flandria-Romeo) @ 2hr 48min 28sec
  71. François Hamon (Peugeot-BP) @ 2hr 50min 23sec
  72. Vic Denson (Solo-Superia) @ 2hr 57min 23sec
  73. Antonio Barrutia (KAS) @ 2hr 57min 57sec
  74. Joseph Groussard (Pelforth) @ 2hr 59min 28sec
  75. Frans Aerenhouts (Mercier-BP) @ 3hr 3min 6sec
  76. Jean Grazcyk (Margnat-Paloma) @ 3hr 4min 21sec
  77. Jean Milesi (Margnat-Paloma) @ 3hr 7min 7sec
  78. Jean-Pierre Genet (Mercier-BP) @ 3he 12min 55sec
  79. Jean-Baptiste Claes (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 3hr 12min 57sec
  80. Salvador Honrubia (Ferrys) @ 3hr 17min 7sec
  81. Anatole Novak (St Raphaël-Gitane) @ 3hr 19min 2sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Federico Bahamontes (Margnat-Paloma): 173 points
  2. Julio Jiménez (KAS): 167
  3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP): 90
  4. Hans Junkermann (Wiels-Groene Leeuw): 47
  5. Henry Anglade (Pelforth): 44
  6. Jacques Anquetil (St Raphaël-Gitane): 34
  7. André Foucher (Pelforth): 33
  8. Karl-Heinz Kunde (Wiels-Groene Leeuw): 27
  9. Vittorio Adorni (Salvarani): 26
  10. Martín Piñera (KAS): 23

Points Competition:

  1. Jan Janssen (Pelfort-Sauvage-Lejeune): 288
  2. Edward Sels (Solo Superia): 199
  3. Rudi Altig (St. Raphaël-Gitane): 165
  4. Gilbert Desmet (Wiels-Groene Leeuw): 147
  5. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP): 133
  6. Jacques Anquetil (St Raphaël-Gitane): 111
  7. Benoni Beheyt (Wiels-Groene Leeuw), Henk Nijdam (Televizier): 103
  8. Vittorio Adorni (Salvarani): 83
  9. André Darrigade (Margnat-Paloma): 78

Team Classification:

  1. Pelforth: 381hr 33min 36sec
  2. Wiels-Groene leeuw @ 30min 24sec
  3. St Raphaël-Gitane @ 30min 52sec
  4. Margnat-Paloma @ 53min 9sec
  5. KAS @ 1hr 7min 34sec
  6. Salvarani @ 1hr 50min 42sxec
  7. Mercier-BP @ 2hr 2min 53sec
  8. Ferrys @ 2hr 11min 22sec
  9. Peugeot-BP @ 2hr 27min 35sec
  10. Flandria-Romeo @ 4hr 32min 17sec
  11. Solo-Superia @ 4hr 39m 5sec
  12. Televizier @ 5hr 35min 10sec

Stage Results with Running GC:

Stage 1: Monday, June 22, Rennes - Lisieux, 215 km

  1. Edward Sels: 5hr 14min 57sec
  2. Michael Wright s.t.
  3. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  4. Willy Bocklant s.t.
  5. Rudi Altig s.t.
  6. Jo De Roo s.t.
  7. Jan Janssen s.t.
  8. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  9. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  10. Emile Daems s.t.

GC after stage 1:

  1. Edward Sels: 5hr 13min 57sec
  2. Michael Wright @ 30sec
  3. Benoni Beheyt @ 1min
  4. Willy Bocklant s.t.
  5. Rudi Altig s.t.
  6. Jo De Roo s.t.
  7. Jan Janssen s.t.
  8. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  9. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  10. Emile Daems s.t.

Stage 2: Tuesday, June 23, Lisieux - Amiens, 208 km

  1. André Darrigade: 5hr 7min 47sec
  2. Jan Janssen s.t.
  3. Vito Taccone s.t.
  4. Willy Bocklant s.t.
  5. Rudi Altig s.t.
  6. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  7. André Van Aert s.t.
  8. Frans Verbeeck s.t.
  9. Michael Wright s.t.
  10. Gilbert Desmet s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Edward Sels: 10hr 21min 44sec
  2. André Darrigade s.t.
  3. Jan Janssen @ 30sec
  4. Michael Wright s.t.
  5. Willy Bocklant @ 1min
  6. Rudi Altig s.t.
  7. Vito Taccone s.t.
  8. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  9. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  10. Frans Verbeeck s.t.

Stage 3A: Wednesday, June 24, Amiens - Forest, 196.5 km

  1. Bernard Vanderkerkhove: 5hr 7min 32sec
  2. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  3. Gilbert Desmet @ 3sec
  4. Jean Anastasi @ 5sec
  5. Edward Sels @ 19sec
  6. Willy Bocklant s.t.
  7. Jan Janssen s.t.
  8. Rudi Altig s.t.
  9. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  10. Jo De Roo s.t.

GC after stage 3A:

  1. Bernard Vanderkerhove: 15hr 29min 16sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 19sec
  3. André Darrigade s.t.
  4. Jan Janssen @ 49sec
  5. Michael Wright s.t.
  6. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  7. Gilbert Desmet @ 1min 3sec
  8. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  9. Willy Bocklant @ 1min 19sec
  10. Rudi Altig s.t.

Stage 3B: Wednesday, June 24, Forest 21.3 km Team Time Trial.

The rider's real times were applied to their GCs. Team times were caculated by adding up each teams' first three riders' times.

  1. KAS-Kaskol: 1hr 34min 5sec
  2. Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune @ 8sec
  3. Wiel's-Groene-Leeuw @ 21sec
  4. Solo-Superia @ 43sec
  5. Ferrys @ 1min 17sec
  6. Mercier-BP @ 1min 25sec
  7. Peugeot-BP @ 1min 37sec
  8. St. Raphaël-Gitane @ 1min 43sec
  9. Salvarani @ 2min 41sec
  10. Margnat-Paloma @ 3min 49sec
  11. Flandria-Romeo @ 4min 52sec
  12. Televizier @ 5min 17sec

GC after stage 3B:

  1. Bernard Vanderkerkhove: 16hr 52sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 19sec
  3. Jan Janssen @ 39sec
  4. Michael Wright @ 42sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 55sec
  6. José-Antonio Momene @ 1min 4sec
  7. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  8. Henry Anglade s.t.
  9. Carlos Echevarria @ 1min 6sec
  10. François Mahé @ 1min 9sec

Stage 4: Thursday, June 25, Forest - Metz, 291.5 km

  1. Rudi Altig: 8hr 26min
  2. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Armand Desmet s.t.
  5. Henry Anglade s.t.
  6. Fernando Manzaneque s.t.
  7. Edward Sels @ 8sec
  8. André Darrigade s.t.
  9. Frans Verbeeck s.t.
  10. Frans Aerenhouts s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Bernard Vanderkerkhove: 24hr 27min
  2. Edward Sels @ 19sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 31sec
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Michael Wright @ 42sec
  6. Gilbert Desmet @ 55sec
  7. Henry Anglade @ 56sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 1min 4sec
  9. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  10. Carlos Echevarria @ 1min 6sec

Stage 5: Friday, June 26, Metz - Fribourg

Major ascents: Sainte Marie, Col du Haut de Ribeauville

  1. Willy Derboven: 4hr 2min 51sec
  2. Rudi Altig s.t.
  3. Joaquin Galera s.t.
  4. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  5. Georges Groussard s.t.
  6. Edward Sels @ 4min 2sec
  7. Vito Taccone s.t.
  8. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  9. André Darrigade s.t.
  10. Frans Verbeeck s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Rudi Altig: 28hr 29min 52sec
  2. Georges Groussard @ 1min 8sec
  3. Joaquin Galera @ 1min 29sec
  4. Joseph Groussard @ 3min 25sec
  5. Bernard Vanderkerhove @ 4min 1sec
  6. Edward Sels @ 4min 20sec
  7. Jan Janssen @ 4min 32sec
  8. Michael Wright @ 4min 43sec
  9. Gilbert Desmet @ 4min 56sec
  10. Henry Anglade @ 4min 57sec

Stage 6: Saturday, June 27, Fribourg - Besançon, 200 km

  1. Henk Nijdam: 5hr 5min 18sec
  2. Jo De Haan @ 11sec
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Edward Sels s.t.
  5. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  6. Bruno Fantinato s.t.
  7. Vito Taccone s.t.
  8. Frans Aerenhouts s.t.
  9. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  10. Rik Wouters s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Rudi Altig: 33hr 35min 21sec
  2. Georges Groussard @ 1min 8sec
  3. Joaquin Galera @ 1min 29sec
  4. Joseph Groussard @ 3min 25sec
  5. Bernard Vanderkerkhove @ 4min 1sec
  6. Edward Sels @ 4min 20sec
  7. Jan Janssen @ 4min 32sec
  8. Michael Wright @ 4min 43sec
  9. Gilbert Desmet @ 4min 56sec
  10. Henry Anglade @ 4min 57sec

Stage 7: Sunday, June 28, Champagnole - Thonon les Bains, 195 km.

Major ascents: Septmoncel, Faucille

  1. Jan Janssen: 5hr 2min 14sec
  2. Willy Bocklant s.t.
  3. Vin Denson s.t.
  4. Henri Duez s.t.
  5. Jos Hoevenaers s.t.
  6. Eddy Pauwels s.t.
  7. Arnoldo Pambianco s.t.
  8. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  9. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  10. Guy Epaud s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Rudi Altig: 38hr 38min 9sec
  2. Georges Groussard @ 34sec
  3. Joaquin Galera @ 1min 29sec
  4. Jan Janssen @ 2min 58sec
  5. Bernard Vandekerkhove @ 4min 1sec
  6. Edward Sels @ 4min 20sec
  7. Sebastian Elorza @ 4min 37sec
  8. André Foucher @ 4min 42sec
  9. Michael Wright @ 4min 43sec
  10. Gilbert Desmet @ 4min 56sec

Stage 8: Monday, June 29, Thonon les Bains - Briançon, 248.5 km

Major ascents: Télégraphe, Galibier

  1. Federico Bahamontes: 7hr 20min 52sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 32sec
  3. Hans Junkermann @ 1min 33sec
  4. André Foucher s.t.
  5. Henry Anglade s.t.
  6. Georges Groussard s.t.
  7. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 1min 36sec
  8. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 49sec
  9. Esteban Martin @ 2min 18sec
  10. Tom Simpson @ 2min 39sec

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Georges Groussard: 46hr 1min 8sec
  2. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 35sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 7sec
  4. André Foucher @ 4min 8sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 4min 23sec
  6. Rudi Altig @ 4min 38sec
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 4min 47sec
  8. Jacques Anquetil @ 5min 22sec
  9. Julio Jiménez @ 6min 3sec
  10. Tom Simpson @ 6min 10sec

Stage 9: Tuesday, June 30, Briançon - Monaco, 239 km

Major ascents: Vars, La Bonnette, Levens

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 7hr 26min 59sec
  2. Tom Simpson s.t.
  3. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  4. André Foucher s.t.
  5. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  6. Eddy Pauwels s.t.
  7. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  8. Claude Mattio s.t.
  9. Battista Babini s.t.
  10. Georges Groussard s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Georges Groussard: 53hr 28min 7sec
  2. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 35sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 7sec
  4. André Foucher @ 4min 8sec
  5. Jacques Anquetil @ 4min 22sec
  6. Henri Anglade @ 4min 23sec
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 4min 47sec
  8. Tom Simpson @ 5min 40sec
  9. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 6min 17sec
  10. Esteban Martin @ 6min 53sec

Stage 10A: Wendesday, July 1, Monaco - Hyères, 187.5 km

  1. Jan Janssen: 5hr 30min 58sec
  2. Rudi Altig s.t.
  3. Michael Wright s.t.
  4. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  5. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  6. Jean-Pierre Genet s.t.
  7. Guillaume Van Tongerloo @ 4sec
  8. Edward Sels @ 1min 2sec
  9. Bruno Fantinato s.t.
  10. André Darrigade s.t.

GC after Stage 10A:

  1. Georges Groussard: 59hr 7sec
  2. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 35sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 7sec
  4. André Foucher @ 4min 8sec
  5. Jacques Anquetil @ 4min 22sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 4min 23sec
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 4min 47sec
  8. Tom Simpson @ 5min 40sec
  9. Rudi Altig @ 6min 9sec
  10. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 6min 17sec

Stage 10B: Wednesday, July 1, Hyères - Toulon 20.8 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 27min 52sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 36sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 54sec
  4. Ferdi Bracke @ 1min 7sec
  5. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 31sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 1min 33sec
  7. Henk Nijdam @ 1min 36sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 1min 44sec
  9. Miguel Pacheco @ 1min 50sec
  10. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 57sec

GC after Stage 10B:

  1. Georges Groussard: 59hr 30min 50sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 11sec
  3. Raymond poulidor @ 1min 42sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 4sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  6. Rudi Altig @ 4min 12sec
  7. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  9. Tom Simpson @ 5min 29sec
  10. Gilbert Desmet @ 6min 3sec

Stage 11: Thursday, July 2, Toulon - Montpellier, 250 km

  1. Edward Sels: 7hr 49min 28sec
  2. Michael Wright s.t.
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Jan Graczyk s.t.
  5. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  6. Jo De Haan s.t.
  7. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  8. Rudi Altig s.t.
  9. Antonio Barrutia s.t.
  10. Vito Taccone s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Georges Groussard: 67hr 20min 23sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 11sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 42sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 4sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  6. Rudi Altig @ 4min 7sec
  7. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  9. Tom Simpson @ 5min 24sec
  10. Gilbert Desmet @ 5min 58sec

Stage 12: Friday, July 3, Montpellier - Perpignan, 174 km.

  1. Jo De Roo: 4hr 44min 20sec
  2. Guy Epaud @ 1sec
  3. Henk Nijdam @ 3sec
  4. Mario Minieri @ 3sec
  5. Barry Hoban @ 6sec
  6. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  7. Edward Sels s.t.
  8. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  9. José Segu s.t.
  10. Michael Wright s.t.

GCafter Stage 12:

  1. Georges Groussard: 72hr 4min 56sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 11sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 42sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 4sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  6. Rudi Altig @ 4min
  7. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  9. Tom Simpson @ 5min 24sec
  10. Gilbert Desmet @ 5min 58sec

Stage 13: Saturday, July 4, Perpignan - Andorra, 170 km

Major ascents: Perche, Puymorens, Port d'Envalira

  1. Julio Jiménez: 4hr 54min 53sec
  2. Benoni Beheyt @ 8min 52sec
  3. José Segu s.t.
  4. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  5. Rudi Altig s.t.
  6. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  7. André Foucher s.t.
  8. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  9. Sebastian Elorza s.t.
  10. Tom Simpson s.t.

GC after stage 13:

  1. Georges Groussard: 77hr 8min 41sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 11sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 42sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  5. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 11sec
  6. Rudi Altig @ 4min
  7. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  8. Julio Jiménez @ 5min 3sec
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  10. Tom Simpson @ 5min 24sec

Stage 14: Monday, July 6, Andorra - Toulouse, 186 km

Major ascent: Port d'Envalira

  1. Edward Sels: 4hr 36min 56sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  3. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  4. Luis Otano s.t.
  5. Antonio Barrutia s.t.
  6. Arnoldo Pambianco s.t.
  7. Sebastian Elorza s.t.
  8. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  9. Willy Monty s.t.
  10. Fernando Manzaneque s.t.

17. Jacques Anquetil s.t.

57. Raymond Poulidor @ 2min 36sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Georges Groussard: 81hr 45min 37sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 26sec
  3. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 11sec
  5. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  6. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 28sec
  7. Julio Jiménez @ 5min 3sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  9. Gilbert Desmet @ 5min 28sec
  10. Rudi Altig @ 6min 36sec

Stage 15: Tuesday, July 7, Toulouse - Luchon, 203 km

Major ascents: Portet d'Aspet, Ares, Portillon

  1. Raymond Poulidor: 6hr 7min 55sec
  2. Francisco Gabica @ 1min 9sec
  3. Gilbert Desmet @ 1min 43sec
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Henry Anglade s.t.
  6. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  7. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  8. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  9. Sebastian Elorza s.t.
  10. André Foucher s.t.

GC after stage 15:

  1. Georges Groussard: 87hr 55min 15sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 26sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 35sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  5. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 29sec
  6. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  8. Julio Jiménez @ 5min 21sec
  9. Gilbert Desmet @ 5min 28sec
  10. Tom Simpson @ 8min 17sec

Stage 16: Wednesday, July 8, Luchon - Pau, 197 km

Major ascents: Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Aubisque

  1. Federico Bahamontes: 6hr 18min 47sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 54sec
  3. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  4. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  5. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  6. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  7. Karl-Heinz Kunde s.t.
  8. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  9. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  10. Esteban Martin

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Georges Groussard : 94hr 15min 56sec
  2. Federico Bahamontes @ 35sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 26sec
  4. Raymond Poulidor @ 1min 35sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 3min 5sec
  6. André Foucher @ 4min 16sec
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 16sec
  8. Julio Jiménez @ 5min 21sec
  9. Gilbert Desmet @ 5min 28sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 11min 13sec

Stage 17: Thursday, July 9, Peyrehorade - Bayonne 42.6 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 1hr 1min 53sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 37sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 1min 19sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 2min 2sec
  5. Vittorio Adorni @ 2min 43sec
  6. Francisco Gabica @ 2min 44sec
  7. Camille Le Menn @ 2min 55sec
  8. Gilbert Desmet @ 3min 24sec
  9. Albertus Geldermans @ 3min 41sec
  10. Barry Hoban @ 3min 51sec

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 95hr 18min 55sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 56sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 31sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 1sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 4min 53sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min 30sec
  7. Gilbert Desmet @ 7min 46sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 9min 2sec
  9. Julio Jiménez @ 11min 10sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 12min 50sec

Stage 18: Friday, July 10, Bayonne - Bordeaux, 187 km

  1. André Darrigade: 5hr 5min 12sec
  2. Barry Hoban s.t.
  3. Edward Sels s.t.
  4. Benoni Beheyt s.t.
  5. Michel Van Aerde s.t.
  6. Jan Janssen s.t.
  7. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  8. Bruno Fantinato s.t.
  9. Edgar Sorgeloos s.t.
  10. Mario Minieri s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 100hr 24min 7sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 56sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 31sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 1sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 4min 53sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min 30sec
  7. Gilbert Desmet @ 7min 43sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 9min 2sec
  9. Julio Jiménez @ 11min 10sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 12min 50sec

Stage 19: Saturday, July 11, Bordeaux - Brive, 215.5 km

  1. Edward Sels: 5hr 50min 30sec
  2. Mario Minieri @ 1sec
  3. Frans Aerenhouts @ 2sec
  4. Henk Nijdam @ 4sec
  5. José Segu s.t.
  6. Rudi Altig s.t.
  7. Edgar Sorgeloos s.t.
  8. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  9. Jo De Roo s.t.
  10. Jean Gainche s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 106hr 14min 41sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 56sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 3min 31sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 1sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 4min 53sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min 30sec
  7. Gilbert Desmet @ 7min 43sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 9min 2sec
  9. Julio Jiménez @ 11min 10sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 12min 50sec

Stage 20: Sunday, July 12, Brive - Puy de Dôme, 237.5 km

Major ascents: St. Privat, Puy de Dôme

  1. Julio Jiménez: 7hr 9min 33sec
  2. Federico Bahamontes @ 11sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 57sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 30sec
  5. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 39sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 1min 59sec
  7. André Foucher @ 2min 4sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 2min 32sec
  9. Fernando Manzaneque @ 2min 46sec
  10. Jan Janssen @ 3min 22sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 113hr 25min 53sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 14sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 1min 33sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 21sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 6min 49sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min55sec
  7. Julio Jiménez @ 8min 31sec
  8. Gilbert Desmet @ 10min 25sec
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 10min 49sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 14min 41sec

Stage 21: Monday, July 13, Clermont Ferrand - Orléans, 311 km

  1. Jean Stablinski: 9hr 29min 33sec
  2. Battista Babini @ 1sec
  3. Hubert Ferrer s.t.
  4. Joseph Novales s.t.
  5. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  6. Salvador Honrubia s.t.
  7. Edward Sels @ 9min 37sec
  8. Jan Janssen s.t.
  9. Benoni Beheyt

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 123hr 5min 3sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 14sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 1min 33sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 21sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 6min 49sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min 55sec
  7. Julio Jiménez @ 8min 31sec
  8. Gilbert Desmet @ 10min 25sec
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 10min 49sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 12min 41sec

Stage 22A: Tuesday, July 14, Orléans - Versailles, 118.5 km

  1. Benoni Beheyt: 3hr 25min 24sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 7sec
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Rudi Altig s.t.
  5. Jo De Roo s.t.
  6. André Darrigade s.t.
  7. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  8. Tom Simpson s.t.
  9. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  10. Victor Van Schil s.t.

GC after stage 22A:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 126hr 32min 54sec
  2. Raymond poulidor @ 14sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes @ 1min 33sec
  4. Henry Anglade @ 4min 21sec
  5. Georges Groussard @ 6min 49sec
  6. André Foucher @ 7min 55sec
  7. Julio Jiménez @ 8min 31sec
  8. Gilbert Desmet @ 10min 25sec
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 10min 49sec
  10. Vittorio Adorni @ 12min 41sec

Stage 22B (final stage): Tuesday, July 14, Versailles - Paris 27.5 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 37min 10sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 15sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 21sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 18sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 1min 32sec
  6. Francisco Gabica @ 1min 44sec
  7. Henry Anglade @ 2min 1sec
  8. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min 6sec
  9. Camille Le Menn @ 2min 15sec
  10. André Foucher @ 2mn 21sec

Complete Final 1964 Tour de France General Classification


The Story of the 1964 Tour de France:

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Anquetil started the 1964 season well. He won Ghent-Wevelgem and then the Giro d'Italia. If he won the 1964 Tour he would achieve the Giro-Tour double, a feat previously accomplished in the same year only by Fausto Coppi. He would also perform the then-unequaled feat of winning the Tour de France for a fifth time.

He had taken the 1964 Giro lead in the stage 5 time trial and had held the leader's Pink Jersey for the rest of the race. Subjected to relentless attacks, he was forced to work especially hard to defend his lead in the Giro. The effort left him exhausted. Many wondered if Anquetil could ride an effective Tour that started just 2 weeks after this brutal Giro ended. Anquetil was aiming for the stars. While his 4 Tour wins were the record, a fifth win while doing a Giro-Tour double would make him one of the greatest racers in history.

There were no new challengers on the Tour scene so the main contenders for the 1964 Tour were the same as the year before, Bahamontes and Poulidor.

Poulidor brought excellent form to the 1964 Tour. He won the 1964 Vuelta a España, which was then run early in the year, as well as the Critérium National. He was second at Milan–San Remo and the Dauphiné Libéré and fourth in Paris-Nice. He had every right to expect that he would do well and possibly even win the Tour.

Let's stop a minute and take a look at Raymond Poulidor.

The battles between Poulidor and Anquetil enlivened racing (and arguments between racing fans) as much in France as the Bartali-Coppi contests fired up the Italians a generation before. Poulidor was the superior climber and Anquetil was the better time trialist. Poulidor was never able to gain enough of an advantage in the mountains to make up for his losses against the clock. Anquetil was also the superior tactician and psychologist. When his physical limits threatened his chances he could call upon his superior intellect and salvage a race. This was a gift denied Poulidor.

Here is Pouildor's Tour Record:

14 participations
7 stage victories
No overall victories and never a single day in Yellow, not one.

By the years:

1962: 3rd overall, 1 stage victory
1963: 8th overall
1964: 2nd overall, 1 stage victory
1965: 2nd overall, 2 stage victories
1966: 3rd overall, 1 stage victory
1967: 9th overall, 1 stage victory
1968: Did not finish
1969: 3rd overall
1970: 7th overall
1972: 3rd overall
1973: Did not finish
1974: 2nd overall, 1 stage victory
1975: 19th overall
1976: 3rd overall

Here's a selection of other Poulidor wins: Milan–San Remo, Fleche Wallonne, Grand Prix des Nations (even though he wasn't a time trialist of Anquetil's caliber, he was still very, very good against the clock), Vuelta a España, Critérium National, Dauphiné Libéré, Catalonian Week and Paris–Nice.

In 1974, at the Montreal World Road Championships, only 39-year old Raymond Poulidor could stay with Eddy Merckx when he attacked on the last time up Mount Royal, finishing just 2 seconds behind the great man. If anyone could paraphrase Raphaël Géminiani this time, it was Poulidor. He was first because he was the first human across the line. No normal person was going to beat Merckx that day.

This was an extraordinary career by any measure.

In the wars for the affection of the French people, Poulidor won hands down. It baffled and angered Anquetil that even though Anquetil could beat Poulidor over and over again, "Pou-Pou", the "Eternal Second" was first in the French hearts and remains there today. I have often thought that Poulidor tapped into a piece of the French psyche that made Crecy and Agincourt possible. It was at Crecy, France that the English with their technically superior longbows slaughtered the French armored knights. Later, at Agincourt, the French knights jostled for position to be first to hurl themselves against the English longbowmen only to be slaughtered again. Le Gloire (glorious renown) isn't necessarily gained by victory.

To continue:

The 1964 Tour was 4,504 kilometers divided into 25 stages going clockwise, Alps first then the Pyrenees. To increase the drama the Tour would head into the Massif Central and climb the Puy de Dôme, an extinct volcano whose final 5 kilometers have a gradient that approaches 13%.

For the first part of the Tour as the race sped east from Rennes in Brittany, Anquetil was unremarkable. He knew he had a finite supply of energy and had announced in advance his plans to let others do the racing in the first week. He didn't even place in the top 10 of a stage until stage 8.

His teammate Rudi Altig, however, did have early ambitions. After passing through Brittany and Normandy, the Tour headed into Belgium and then southeast into Germany. Altig wanted to be wearing the leader's jersey while the Tour went through his home country. By winning the fourth stage into Metz he was in an excellent position to realize his ambition. He had the Green Points Jersey and was only 31 seconds behind the current leader, Bernard van de Kerckhove.

The next stage traveled through the Vosges, hilly country in eastern France that encouraged breakaways. Altig powered a 5-man break 4 minutes clear of the field into Fribourg and secured the overall lead. Rudi Altig the German rider was in Yellow in Germany. Anquetil was not entirely pleased that his teammate had been so successful. In that break was a rider on the Pelforth team, Georges Groussard, who was now in second place, only a minute behind Altig. Groussard was an excellent rider with fine climbing skills and Altig had given him a 4-minute boost. Anquetil did not relish the prospect of overcoming that time gain just so that Altig could enjoy a little bit of German glory.

Stage 7 went through the Jura, mountains on the northeastern edge of the Alps. Tongues wagged when Poulidor got into a 15-man break that included Groussard and left the rest of the peloton (with Anquetil) a half-minute behind. Altig was still in Yellow but Poulidor had stolen a march on a very obviously tired Anquetil.

Stage 8 was the first full-blown Alpine stage with both the Télégraphe and the Galibier. Bahamontes was first over both summits. Poulidor went after him on the Galibier and came close to making contact with the flying Spaniard. Meanwhile, Anquetil was suffering, losing time on the climb. Once over the top he used his considerable descending skills to try to close the gap. Even with a flat tire he was still able to limit his losses to Poulidor to only 17 seconds. Bahamontes won the stage, Poulidor came in second and thereby gained a 3 second time bonus. Anquetil's worries about Groussard turned out to be completely justified. The Pelforth rider was now in Yellow.

So, after the first day of hard climbing here were the standings:

1. Georges Groussard
2. Federico Bahamontes @ 3 minutes 35 seconds
3. Raymond Poulidor @ 4 minutes 7 seconds
4. André Foucher @ 4 minutes 8 seconds
5. Henry Anglade @ 4 minutes 23 seconds
6. Rudy Altig @ 4 minutes 38 seconds
7. Hans Junkermann @ 4 minutes 47 seconds
8. Jacques Anquetil @ 5 minutes 22 seconds

Anquetil showed he was up for the race the next day in the Briançon-Monaco stage which took in 3 major climbs. None of the contenders was able to get away from the others, and 22 riders came into Monaco, driven hard by an Anquetil who had miraculously found incredible stores of energy. It was a track finish Poulidor should have won, but he sprinted too early, not realizing that there was another lap to ride. Anquetil beat Tom Simpson for the stage. Poulidor's missing (and Anquetil's winning) the time bonus for winning the stage would loom very large at the end of the Tour. Anquetil was now in fifth place, 4 minutes, 22 seconds behind Groussard.

Stage 10b was a 20.8-kilometer time trial and Anquetil won it with Poulidor just 36 seconds behind.

Anquetil was relentlessly hunting Groussard and getting closer by the day. The General Classification after the 10b time trial:

1. Georges Groussard
2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1 minute 11 seconds
3. Raymond Poulidor @ 1 minute 42 seconds
4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3 minutes 4 seconds

By the time the Tour came to its rest day in Andorra in the Pyrenees, the only significant change in General Classification was that Bahamontes had dropped to fifth. Good Grand Tour riders always go for a ride on the rest day. The body has become habituated to cycling and a day completely off the bike makes it very difficult to start the next day, the rider's legs are "blocky" and devoid of power. Poulidor and the others dutifully gave their bodies the exercise they needed. Everyone but Anquetil, that is. Jacques liked to enjoy life. He went to a picnic and enjoyed himself on big portions of barbecued lamb and as usual, drank heartily. His director, Raphaël Géminiani, was there and apparently encouraged the drinking.

At the start of the Tour a psychic had predicted that Anquetil would abandon on the fourteenth stage after suffering an accident. Anquetil could be a coolly rational man but he took this prediction seriously. It's thought that he behaved in this self-destructive way at the barbecue because he believed he would probably not finish the stage the following day.

The next day, stage 14, Party Boy didn't even bother to warm up. Poulidor's manager, Antonin Magne, knew that Anquetil would be vulnerable after his day of excess and instructed Poulidor to drop the hammer on the first climb. The other contenders, including Federico Bahamontes, Julio Jimenez and Henry Anglade, also sensed Anquetil's weakness and poor preparation and attacked furiously. The climbing out of Andorra up the Port d'Envalira, a climb new to the Tour that year, started almost immediately. Anquetil was quickly put out the back door. The hard profile of the day's early kilometers gave Anquetil no chance to warm up. At the top, Anquetil was about 4 minutes behind the leaders and was contemplating quitting. He had even loosened his toe-straps.

Anquetil's epic stage 14: Here he leads a small group down a muddy mountain road.

One of his domestiques, Louis Rostollan, who had stuck with him on the climb shouted at him, "Have you forgotten that your name is Anquetil? You have no right to quit without a fight!" Team director Géminiani came up to Anquetil and bellowed his rage, screaming at him to chase the leaders, to give it all he had in the descent. The story goes that Géminiani gave Anquetil a bottle with champagne in it. With this restorative circulating in the bon vivant's system, he could now effectively compete

Anquetil was by now warmed up. He could use his superb descending skill to catch the leaders through the dense fog on the descent.

Into that fog Anquetil went, riding like a man possessed, taking risks no man should take. He used the headlights and brake lights of the following cars to let him know when to slow for corners. He caught the group with Henry Anglade and Georges Groussard and made common cause with them. From the crest of the Envalira it was 150 kilometers to the finish. Given good fortune he had enough time and distance to salvage his Tour. Using his time trialing skills he made it up to the Poulidor/Bahamontes lead group.

With just a few kilometers to go Poulidor flatted and got a new wheel. His mechanic, in a zeal to make sure he didn't lose any more time, pushed Poulidor before he was ready and caused him to crash. By the time Poulidor was up again and riding Anquetil's group was gone. Poulidor came in with the second group, 2 minutes, 36 seconds behind Anquetil.

Here were the standings after that hair-raising adventure:

1. Georges Groussard
2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1 minutes 26 seconds
3. Henry Anglade @ 3 minutes 5 seconds
4. Federico Bahamontes @ 3 minutes 11 seconds
5. André Foucher @ 4 minutes 16 seconds
6. Raymond Poulidor @ 4 minutes 28 seconds

The story of Anquetil's Tour being saved with a bidon of champagne is romantic, but Anquetil's wife Jeanine insisted that it wasn't true.

Poulidor hadn't given up yet. Stage 15 was a ride over the Portet d'Aspet, the Ares and the Portillon. Poulidor won it and gained 1 minute, 43 seconds back from Anquetil.

There was still 1 monumental, monstrous day of climbing left. 1 day remained for the pure climbers to try to reclaim the Tour. There were still 2 time trials left to ride, totaling 70 kilometers where Anquetil could easily wipe out his 86 second deficit. He had only to ride defensively and not lose more time, the usual Anquetil formula. Stage 16 was 197 kilometers long and had the Peyresourde, the Aspin, the Tourmalet and the Aubisque climbs. The road turned upward almost immediately with the slopes of the Peyresourde coming at the fourteenth kilometer. Bahamontes took off after only 4 kilometers, quickly followed by his compatriot Julio Jimenez. When they reached the crest of the Peyresourde, Bahamontes let Jimenez take the lead and the climber's points. Bahamontes was looking for bigger fish than the King of the Mountains. He smelled Yellow. Over the Aspin Bahamontes again let Jimenez take the lead over the top. The Anquetil group was 3 minutes back at this point. At the top of the Tourmalet the Anquetil group was over 5 minutes back. But Bahamontes could not descend well and his lead was halved. On the Aubisque Jimenez could no longer stay with Bahamontes. Alone, Bahamontes soared to a lead of over 6 minutes at the top. Back in the field the Pelforth domestiques were rallying and chasing, trying to defend Groussard's Yellow Jersey. On the run-in to Pau Bahamontes's lead was slowly eroded until it was 1 minute, 54 seconds at the end. Bahamontes had been away for 194 kilometers. It was a wonderful ride, but he hadn't gained enough time to hold off Anquetil in the time trials. With 1 of the time trials the very next day, he was surely toast. And Poulidor? He sat in the entire day, recovering from his stage win the day before. Anquetil noted that if Poulidor should win the Tour that year, he should thank Anquetil for the work he did that day holding Bahamontes in check.

The new General Classification:

1. George Groussard
2. Federico Bahamontes @ 35 seconds
3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1 minute 26 seconds
4. Raymond Poulidor @ 1 minute 35 seconds

And then, what must have seemed to be the inevitable happened. Anquetil won the 42.6-kilometer time trial, beating the day's second place Poulidor by 37 seconds. Bahamontes was twelfth, 4 minutes back. Anquetil was now the leader, ahead of Poulidor by 56 seconds. Bahamontes was third at 3 minutes, 31 seconds. Groussard paid the price defending the Yellow for 10 days, and lost 6 minutes. It was now a 2-man race.

Stage 20, with its finish at the top of the Puy de Dôme, was the scene of the 1964 Tour's most dramatic showdown. The Puy de Dôme is an extinct volcano in the center of France. It has an elevation gain of 515 meters in only 6 kilometers. It averages 9%, but gets steeper as the road approaches the summit. The tenth kilometer is almost 13% before it backs off a bit to between 11 and 12%. The final kilometer is still a tough 10%. With such a hard incline, its total 14 kilometers could transform the Tour. Poulidor was the better climber and a tired Anquetil knew it.

Probably 500,000 spectators lined the roads of the old volcano, sure that there would be fireworks that day. Upon reaching the Puy, Julio Jimenez and Federico Bahamontes took off up the mountain. This was as Anquetil wanted. This break took the time bonuses out of play. Poulidor would be riding for just the time gain he might acquire by beating Anquetil if he were so lucky. Poulidor and Anquetil were otherwise unconcerned about the Spanish escape because neither Jimenez nor Bahamontes would be likely to take the Yellow. They were worried about each other. Instead of sitting on Poulidor's wheel, Anquetil rode next to him trying to gain the psychological edge. Neither felt very well. "I never felt again as bad on a bike," Poulidor said later. Anquetil felt worse.

As they closed in on the summit, Poulidor attacked and Anquetil stayed with him. "All I cared was that I was directly next to Raymond. I needed to make him think I was as strong as he, to bluff him into not trying harder."

Poulidor attacked again. Anquetil stayed with him. There is a famous picture of Anquetil and Poulidor bumping into each other while climbing the volcano, neither giving in the slightest bit; each trying to cow the other; each riding at his limit.

Stage 20: Here they are in one of the most famous duels in cycling history: Anquetil and Poulidor on the the Puy de Dôme.

Passing under the Flamme Rouge (1 kilometer to go flag), Anquetil's attention lapsed for just a moment and he let Poulidor go. There was nothing Anquetil could do. He was spent. Poulidor poured on the gas, racing for the finish line and hoping to erase the 56-second deficit and finally don the Yellow Jersey. He waited at the finish, counting off the seconds.

Anquetil crossed the line, limp with exhaustion, 42 seconds later. He had saved his lead by 14 seconds. Magne, Poulidor's manager, believes that Poulidor could have won the Tour that day if he had used a 42 x 26 as Bahamontes used instead of the 25 that he led Magne to believe was the right choice.

There was the formality of the final time trial in which Anquetil put another 21 seconds between himself and Poulidor. With the time bonus, Anquetil won his astounding fifth Tour de France by 55 seconds over Poulidor.

Poulidor said, "I know now that I can win the Tour."

Final 1964 Tour de France General Classification:

1. Jacques Anquetil (St. Raphaël-Gitane): 127 hours 9 minutes 44 seconds
2. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) @ 55 seconds
3. Federico Bahamontes (Margnat-Paloma) @ 4 minutes 44 seconds
4. Henry Anglade (Pelforth) @ 6 minutes 42 seconds
5. Georges Groussard (Pelforth) @ 10 minutes 34 seconds
6. André Foucher (Pelforth) @ 10 minutes 36 seconds

Climbers' Competition:

1. Federico Bahamontes: 173 points
2. Julio Jimenez: 167 points
3. Raymond Poulidor: 90 points

Points Competition:

1. Jan Janssen: 208 points
2. Edward Sels: 199 points
3. Rudi Altig: 165 points