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The Tour de France mourns Raphaël Géminiani

Swiss Ferdi Kubler L and French Raphal Geminiani R ride during the 11th stage MarseilleAvignon of the Tour de France 1955 on July 18 1955 Photo credit should read AFP via Getty Images

France and the Tour de France remembered Raphaël Géminiani ahead of stage 8 of the race on Saturday after the French former racer and directeur sportif, a legendary figure in French cycling, died at 99.

Géminiani was one of the top climbers in the sport during the 1940s and 1950s, winning seven stages of the Tour de France and finishing second at the 1951 race, as well as taking home three king of the mountains titles across the Tour and Giro d’Italia.

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