Historic Overview Jean Graczyk

Rider

Overall Rank232
NameJean GRACZYK
Country
  France
Date of birth26-May-1933 - Neuvy sur Barangeon (Centre)
Date of death27-Jun-2004 - Vierzon (Centre)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Jean Graczyk - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1955 La Perle 9 713
2. 1957 Helyett 224 170
3. 1958 Helyett 1735 12
4. 1959 Helyett 1195 17
5. 1960 Helyett 2155 3
6. 1961 Helyett 689 52
7. 1962 St. Raphael 1490 10
8. 1963 Margnat 904 37
9. 1964 Margnat 647 60
10. 1965 Ford 227 187
11. 1966 Ford 415 103
12. 1967 Bic 194 197
13. 1968 Bic 42 357
14. 1969 Sonolor 15 528
15. 1970 Sonolor 2 568
16. 1972 Rokado 0 593
Overall: 9943 232

Biography

Jean Graczyk (26 May 1933 – 27 June 2004) 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.

source - Wikipedia