___Race Snippets


68th Paris-Roubaix 1970 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Merckx Head and Shoulders Above

Impending bad weather greeted the riders at the start in Chantilly.  89 kms into the race a massive crash split the field into four groups. 

As the race hit the Arenberg Forest the deluge began.  Puncture and crashes were numerous with Merckx setting an incredible pace at the front.  Methodically riders were being dropped under the pressure.  40 kms from Roubaix only Roger De Vlaeminck and Eric Leman were able to hold the Cannibal’s wheel. 

Sensing an opportunity Merckx attack the already rapid pace and went clear of De Vlaeminck and Leman.  Over the final 40 kms Merckx had 3 punctures, a bike change and still entered the velodrome over 5 minutes ahead.  The Cannibal easily cruised to the victory.

P-R April 12, 1970
266 Km, Chantilly to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 6h23’15”

2. Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) +5’21”
3. Eric Leman (Bel)
Starters: 155
Finishers: 43
Average Speed: 41.644 km/h



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