Jean Graczyk

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Jean Graczyk
Personal information
Full name Jean Graczyk
Born 26 May 1933
Neuvy-sur-Baragneon, France
Died 27 June 2004
Vierzon, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1958,1960)
Infobox last updated on
April 16, 2007

Jean Graczyk (26 May 1933, Neuvy-sur-Barangeon – 27 June 2004, Vierzon) was a professional road bicycle racer who won two maillot vert (or green jersey) points competitions at 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.

Major results[edit]

1956
Summer Olympics:
Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal team pursuit
 France national amateur road race champion
1957
Vailly-sur-Sauldre
Tour du Sud-Est
1958
Cluny
Orchies
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 13B
Pleurtuit
Tour de France:
Jersey green.svg Winner Points classification
1959
Antibes
Hyères
Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
Saint-Denis l'Hotel
Trofeo Longines (with Jacques Anquetil, André Darrigade, Seamus Elliott and Michel Vermeulin)
Paris–Nice
Tour de France:
Winner stage 5
1960
Tour de France:
Winner stages 4, 12, 17 and 21
Jersey green.svg Winner Points classification
Critérium International
Brignolles
GP Monaco
Saint-Claud
Saint-Hilaire de Harcouet
1961
Challenge Laurens
GP de Fréjus
Neuvic sur l'isle
Roma-Napoli-Roma
Saint-Just-sur-Loire
Sanvignes
Vailly-sur-Sauldre
La Charité-sur-Loire
1962
GP Vercors
Lubersac
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 6, 13, 14 and 16
Soings
1963
GP Monaco
Soing-en-Sologne
Vailly-sur-Sauldre
Royan
Montélimar
1964
Gap
Montélimar
1965
Belvès
Sin-le-Noble
Vailly-sur-Sauldre
Montélimar
1969
Quesnoy

Teams[edit]

  • 1955: La Perle-Hutchinson
  • 1956: Individual
  • 1957-1958: Helyett-Potin
  • 1959: Helyett-Fynsec
  • 1960: Helyett-Fynsec-Leroux
  • 1961: Helyett-Fynsec-Hutchinson
  • 1962: Saint-Raphael-Helyett
  • 1963-1964: Margnat-Paloma
  • 1965: Ford France-Gitane
  • 1966: Ford France-Geminiani
  • 1967-1968: Bic
  • 1969-1970: Sonolor-Lejeune
  • 1970-1972: Individual

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