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59th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1975 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Merckx’s Early Attack

Eddy Merckx attacked with 104 kms to go and escaped the peloton.  Frans Verbeeck joined the Cannibal as the lead passed 1 minute.  When the road flattened the duo extended their lead to over 2 minutes. 

Over the Muur de Grammont with 19 kms to the finish Merckx and Verbeeck held a steady 3 minute advantage.  An elite group led by Roger de Vlaeminck was chasing hard but not closing. 

Entering the 5 km closing circuit Merckx rode Verbeeck off his wheel and soloed to the victory.

Flanders April 6, 1975
255 Km, Gent to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 6h16'00"

2. Frans Verbeeck (Bel) +30"

3. Marc Demeyer (Bel) + 5'02"

Starters: 179
Finishers: 50
Average Speed: 40.690 km/h

 

 

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