Road racing expert who won the Tour de France five moments: in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1974. He earned his first competition on Oct 1, 1961, as an amateur rider, shortly after he started race competitively. He was a global champion 3 x as a specialist, and in addition once as an amateur. He wedded Claudine Acou in 1967. Though they raced in various eras, he was a pal and supporter of fellow Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.