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50th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1966 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

New Young Riders Come to Flanders

New young riders came to contest the Ronde in 1966.  The most notable of the young pros was Eddy Merckx.  Midway though the race a huge crash involving Walter Godefroot, Merckx and several other contenders took the favorites out of contention.

The winning breakaway of 14 riders formed on the climb of the Muur de Grammont.  Powerful Belgian Ward Sels, second in 1965, led the breakaway into the finish in Merelbeke.  Sels avoided his closing mistakes of last year and powered the sprint to the victory.

Flanders April 9, 1966
243 Km, Gent to Merelbeke

1. Edward "Ward" SELS (Bel) 5h53'00"

2. Adriano Durante (Ita)

3. Georges Vandenberghe (Bel)

Starters: 151
Finishers: 60
Average Speed: 41.303 km/h

 

 

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