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56th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1972 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Superior Sprinter Grabs a Narrow Win

Aggressive racing from the start of the 1972 Ronde van Vlaanderen feature a high average speed.  Eddy Merckx drove the pace with 1970 Ronde champion Eric Leman in every move.  The cold temperature and wet weather began to take its toll as the kilometers clicked down. 

A late attack by Merckx and Leman opened a solid gap.  But Italian Felice Gimondi towed the remainder of the peloton back to the duo. The final 7 rider selection formed with 10 kms to the finish.  

From the group superior sprinter Eric Leman grabbed a narrow win from Belgian Andre Dierickx.  The instigator of the final move Eddy Merckx cruised to the finish in 7th place.

Flanders April 9, 1972
250 Km, Gent to Merelbeke

1. Eric LEMAN (Bel) 6h04'30"

2. Andre Dierickx (Bel)

3. Frans Verbeeck (Bel)

Starters: 171
Finishers: 80
Average Speed: 41.152 km/h

 

 

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