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62nd Ronde van Vlaanderen 1978 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

A Classic Flahute Wins Flanders

An early 4 rider breakaway included Hennie Kupier, Ludo Peters, Michel Pollentier, and Bernard Hinault.  The elite breakaway began to tire and was caught on the climb of the Koppenberg

The final selection formed just before Geraardsbergen and the brutal Muur.  Michel Pollentier escaped the peloton and was joined by Walter Godefroot and Gregor Braun. 

The breakaway held the lead coming into the finish in Meerbeke.  34 year old Walter Godefroot sprinted past Michel Pollentier for his second Flanders victory.

Flanders April 9, 1978
260 Km, St. Niklaas to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Walter GODEFROOT (Bel) 6h12'00"

2. Michel Pollentier (Bel)

3. Gregor Braun (Hol)

Starters: 174
Finishers: 47

Average Speed: 41.935 km/h

 

 

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