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56th Giro d'Italia 1973 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Merckx Dominates from Day 1

These are the Golden Years of the Eddy Merckx.  The Belgian already had won the Vuelta a Espana in early May and came to the 1973 Giro d’Italia to gain a rare springtime Vuelta/Giro double

The Giro start in Vervies, Belgium gave Merckx a chance to begin his dominance.  The Cannibal gain time on his main rivals on the first three stages and wore the Maglia Rosa from start to finish.  With 6 stage wins the Belgian’s dominance was on the front page consistently throughout the race. 

At the finish in Trieste Eddy Merckx claimed his fourth Giro d’Italia victory and completed a “Grand Tour Spring” to be remembered for a while.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Verviers (Bel), 5.2 km ITT

Merckx (Bel) & Swerts (Bel)"

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 1 Verviers-Cologne (Ger), 137 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 2 Cologne (Ger)-Luxembourg, 227 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 3 Luxembourg-Strasbourg (Fra), 239 km

Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 4 Geneva (Sui)-Aosta, 163 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 5 St Vincent-Milan, 173 km

Gerben Karstens (Ned)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 6 Milan-Iseo, 144 km

Gianni Motta (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 7 Iseo-Lido Nazioni, 248 km

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 8 Lido Nazioni-Carpegna, 156 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 9 Carpegna-Alba Adriatica, 243 km

Patrick Sercu (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 10 Alba Adriatica-Lanciano, 174 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 11 Lanciano-Bevenento, 230 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 12 Bevenento-Fiuggi Terme, 236 km

Tullio Rossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 13 Fiuggi Terme-Bolsena, 215 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 14 Bolsena-Firenze, 202 km

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 15 Firenze-Forte dei Marmi, 150 km

Martin Rodriguez (Col)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 16 F dei Marmi-Circ. Versilia, 37 km ITT

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 17 Forte dei Marmi-Verona, 244 km

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 18 Verona-Andalo, 173 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 19 Andalo-Auronzo di Cadore, 208 km

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 20 Auronzo di Cadore-Trieste, 197 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Mountain Classification

José-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Point's Jersey

Eddy Merckx (Bel)



GdI May 18 - June 09, 1973

3,725 Km

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 106h54'41"

2. Felice Gimondi (Ita) +7'42"
3. Giovanni Battaglin (Ita) +10'20"
Starters: 140

Finishers: 113

Average Speed: 35.506 km/h

 

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