52nd Milan-San Remo 1961 (Italy)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

“Pou Pou” Wins a Monument!

In 1961 talented Frenchman Raymond “Pou Pou” Poulidor won Milan-San Remo in his second season as a professional.  Poulidor’s race didn’t go smoothly.  He punctured at the 140 km mark of the race and quickly lost two minutes.

*Race profile courtesy of Internet site: www.econ-outlook.com.au/tom/cycling/palmares.html

Poulidor wanted to abandon the race but his team manager Antonin Magne insisted that he continue.  He did and caught the peloton with 20 km to go on the Capo Verde.  Inspired by the chase Poulidor counter-attacked and caught a solo Jean-Claude Annaert.  Poulidor immediately attacked and dropped Annaert.  He held a lead of 20 seconds at the summit.

Into the closing kilometers Poulidor rode brilliantly and stayed away to win by three seconds over a hard charging Rik Van Looy (Bel).

M-SR March 19, 1961
288 Km

1. Raymond POULIDOR (Fra) 7h41'07"

2. Rik Van Looy (Bel) +3"

3. Rino Benedetti (Ita)

Starters: 214
Finishers: 126

Average Speed: 37.474 km/h


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