___Race Snippets


60th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1976 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





The Breakaway Drops the Sprinters

SPECIAL NOTE: The "Koppenberg" was included on the race route for the first time.  The climb was not originally listed and was a very late decision to be added. 

When the lead group of 5 riders reached the final kilometer Italian Francesco Moser, Marc Demeyer, and Walter Planckaert slipped from Roger De Vlaeminck and Freddy Maertens.  Powerful sprinter Marc Demeyer led out the sprint with Planckaert on his wheel.  At the line Walter Planckaert jumped past for the victory.  Moser cruised past Demeyer for second place.

Several seconds later Roger De Vlaeminck settled a personal score and out-sprinted Freddy Maertens for fourth place.

Flanders April 4, 1976
261 Km, Gent to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Walter PLANCKAERT (Bel) 6h10'00"

2. Francesco Moser (Ita)

3. Marc Demeyer (Bel)

Starters: 168
Finishers: 44
Average Speed: 42.324 km/h



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