Anquetil, Jacques zhäk äNkətēl´ [key], 1934–87, French bicycle racer, b. Mont-Saint-Aignan, Normandy. Beginning to race in 1951, he won the French amateur championship a year later. Anquetil was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times (1957, 1961–64) and the first to win 16 separate stages. Particularly adept at time-trial sprints, he also won Italy's Giro d'Italia (1960, 1964), Spain's Vuelta a España (1963), and the Grand Prix des Nations (1953–58, 1961, 1965–66).
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