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57th Milan-San Remo 1966 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian
 

A 20 Year Old Belgian Blows Away "La Primavera"

The 57th Milan-San Remo marked the arrival of a 20 year old Belgian sensation named Eddy Merckx.  Riding for the Peugeot team the young Merckx blew away all comers in the sprint to gain his first prestigious Milan-San Remo victory.


*Race profile courtesy of Internet site: www.econ-outlook.com.au/tom/cycling/palmares.html

In 1966 the victory marked the first of 19 wins in one of cycling’s 5 Monuments and start a love affair that gained Merckx a record seven M-SR victories.

M-SR March 19, 1966
288 Km

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 6h40'40"

2. Adriano Durante (Ita)

3. Herman Van Springel (Bel)

Starters: 190
Finishers: 123

Average Speed: 43.128 km/h

 

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