Jacques Anquetil on Mur de Grammont: 1957 Tour de France, Stage 5
Jacques Anquetil on Mur de Grammont
1957 Tour de France, Stage 5
The 1957 edition of the Tour de France represented a Tour of flux. There was no clear pre-race favorite, although with the course having a significant amount of climbing, Bahamontes and Gaul were given a tepid nod. The French team was missing both Louison Bobet and Raphael Géminiani, so it was decided to build the team around the young upstart Jacques Anquetil. The gamble paid in spades. By the end of the Tour, the French team had won 12 stages and had one of their riders in yellow every stage except one. Jacques Anquetil made his mark by winning the race in what would ultimately be the first of 5 times.
Stage 5 of the 1957 Tour included the tortuous Mur de Grammont in Belgium. This climb was and remains to this day to be very popular with the fans. People line the climb by the thousands, and the cheers are deafening. In this image, we see Anquetil alone, ascending the slope of this difficult, pave covered climb.
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