Jean Graczyk, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Jean Graczyk

French racing cyclist

Date of Birth: 26-May-1933

Place of Birth: Neuvy-sur-Barangeon, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Date of Death: 27-Jun-2004

Profession: sport cyclist

Nationality: Poland, France

Zodiac Sign: Gemini


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About Jean Graczyk

  • Jean Graczyk (26 May 1933 – 27 June 2004) was a professional road bicycle racer who won two points classifications in the Tour de France and has won several stages each at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.
  • Before turning professional, Graczyk won an Olympic silver medal in the team pursuit for France.His nickname in the sport was Popof.
  • The American-French journalist René de Latour jokingly said in the British monthly Sporting Cyclist that it was because of his habit of attacking alone, or "popping off".
  • De Latour, however, depended too heavily on his readers' understanding of French slang, because Popof is a semi-derogatory term in French for someone of Polish background.
  • The "popping off" suggestion, however, is still widely believed and appears from time to time in histories of the sport.

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