How they used to train: Jacques Anquetil’s time trial training

Jacques Anquetil’s records speak for themselves, but it was his talent for racing against the clock that really set him on the road to creating history

Jacques Anquetil one of the great time trialists. Illustration: Simon Scarsbrook

Jacques Anquetil was one of the greatest time triallists of all time. He was the first man to win the Tour de France five times, the first Frenchman to win the Giro d’Italia, and the second rider ever to do the Giro and Tour double.

All Anquetil’s victories were built on his ability against the clock, and he won the Grand Prix des Nations — essentially the unofficial world time trial championships when there wasn’t an official world title race — an incredible nine times.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.