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67th Paris-Roubaix 1969 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Powerful Dutch Team Dominates

The 1969 Paris-Roubaix left the start in Chantilly at a rapid pace.  The selections started early as the peloton split into two groups.  A lead group of 5 riders including Eddy Merckx and archrival Walter Godefroot went clear through the Forest at Arenberg. 

After an untimely puncture Godefroot worked hard to regain the breakaway.  He attacked immediately and escaped alone with the help of his Flandria teammates.  He steadily increased his lead and entered the velodrome 2’49” ahead.  The prestigious victory was his.  Eddy Merckx won the field sprint for second place.

P-R April 13, 1969
264 Km, Chantilly to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Walter GODEFROOT (Bel) 6h46’47”

2. Eddy Merckx (Bel) +2’49”
3. Willy Vekemans (Bel)
Starters: 154
Finishers: 35
Average Speed: 38.939 km/h



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