Roger Walkowiak, 1956 Tour de France champ, dies at 89

Updated: February 7, 2017, 8:55 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Former Tour de France champion Roger Walkowiak has died at the age of 89.

Walkowiak's wife told The Associated Press her husband died early Tuesday in a hospital near Vichy.

The Frenchman had been the oldest living Tour winner after Ferdy Kuebler died in December at 97.

Walkowiak, the son of a Polish factory worker, created a major upset when he won cycling's biggest race in 1956. The win was so unexpected that it originated a French expression still in use today: "à la walko," which translates as "Doing a Walko" and means a surprise win by an unheralded rider.


Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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