Super Prestige Pernod International

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The Super Prestige Pernod International was a season-long competition in road bicycle racing between 1958 and 1988.

Disagreements between the organisers of the similar Challenge Desgrange-Colombo led to its demise and a gap in season-long competitions. In 1958, the publicity division of Pernod offered a trophy for the best French rider of the year. The competition was known as the Prestige Pernod. It was a rival to Challenge Yellow, run by the chain company Sedis since 1931.

The following year, Pernod added the Super Prestige Pernod, for the best rider of the year, assessed on points attributed to the biggest races. At the same time it introduced Promotion Pernod, for the best French rider under 25. The Super Prestige Pernod became an unofficial world points championship.

A fourth class, Promotion Internationale, appeared in 1983 but that and the Promotion Pernod vanished the following year to create a single Super Prestige Pernod International. A women's competition was added in 1985. Both were abandoned at the end of 1987 when France banned drinks advertising in sport.

The Super Prestige Pernod International was won by some of the greatest names in professional cycle racing. They included Jacques Anquetil, who won four times, Eddy Merckx won a record seven times (1969–1975); Bernard Hinault equalled Anquetil's total with his fourth consecutive victory in 1982; while the final four years were dominated by Ireland: Sean Kelly won three times (1984–1986) and Stephen Roche won in 1987.

Palmarès[edit]

Year Winner Second Third Fourth Fifth
1959 Henri Anglade France Roger Rivière Noël Foré Rik van Looy Gérard Saint
1960 Jean Graczyk France Pino Cerami Gastone Nencini Raymond Mastrotto Rik van Looy
1961 Jacques Anquetil France Raymond Poulidor Rik van Looy Gilbert Desmet I Nino Defilippis
1962 Jo de Roo Netherlands Jef Planckaert Emile Daems Rik van Looy Jacques Anquetil
1963 Jacques Anquetil France Tom Simpson Raymond Poulidor Jo de Roo Rik van Looy
1964 Raymond Poulidor France Jan Janssen Jacques Anquetil Rik van Looy Benoni Beheyt
1965 Jacques Anquetil France Tom Simpson Ward Sels Raymond Poulidor Felice Gimondi
1966 Jacques Anquetil France Felice Gimondi Raymond Poulidor Jan Janssen Lucien Aimar
1967 Jan Janssen Netherlands Eddy Merckx Felice Gimondi Roger Pingeon Franco Balmanion
1968 Herman Van Springel Belgium Felice Gimondi Jan Janssen Eddy Merckx Walter Godefroot
1969 Eddy Merckx Belgium Felice Gimondi Herman van Springel Raymond Poulidor Walter Godefroot
1970 Eddy Merckx Belgium Herman van Springel Luis Ocana Eric Leman Felice Gimondi
1971 Eddy Merckx Belgium Luis Ocana Gösta Pettersson Joop Zoetemelk Cyrille Guimard
1972 Eddy Merckx Belgium Raymond Poulidor Cyrille Guimard Yves Hézard Joop Zoetemelk
1973 Eddy Merckx Belgium Luis Ocaña Felice Gimondi Joop Zoetemelk Freddy Maertens
1974 Eddy Merckx Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Frans Verbeeck Raymond Poulidor Joop Zoetemelk
1975 Eddy Merckx Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Francesco Moser Bernard Thévenet Freddy Maertens
1976 Freddy Maertens Belgium Francesco Moser Joop Zoetemelk Eddy Merckx Lucien Van Impe
1977 Freddy Maertens Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck Bernard Hinault Joop Zoetemelk Francesco Moser
1978 Francesco Moser Italy Bernard Hinault Joop Zoetemelk Gerrie Knetemann Jan Raas
1979 Bernard Hinault France Giuseppe Saronni Joop Zoetemelk Francesco Moser Jan Raas
1980 Bernard Hinault France Fons De Wolf Francesco Moser Hennie Kuiper Giuseppe Saronni
1981 Bernard Hinault France Roger De Vlaeminck Jan Raas Fons De Wolf Hennie Kuiper
1982 Bernard Hinault France Giuseppe Saronni Silvano Contini Tommy Prim Sean Kelly
1983 Greg LeMond United States Sean Kelly Jan Raas Giuseppe Saronni Adrie van der Poel
1984 Sean Kelly Republic of Ireland Bernard Hinault Phil Anderson Laurent Fignon Francesco Moser
1985 Sean Kelly Republic of Ireland Phil Anderson Greg LeMond Bernard Hinault Moreno Argentin
1986 Sean Kelly Republic of Ireland Greg LeMond Claude Criquielion Adrie van der Poel Urs Zimmermann
1987 Stephen Roche Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly Claude Criquielion Charly Mottet Eric Vanderaerden