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69th Paris-Roubaix 1971 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Young Belgian Dominates

Defending champion Eddy Merckx came to the 69th Edition of Paris-Roubaix on a roll.  His early season included four prestigious victories: Tour of Sardinia, Milan-San Remo, Paris-Nice, and Het Volk. 

Merckx’s Molteni team controlled the race until Eric De Vlaeminck escaped close to Normain with 30 kms to go.  Young Belgian Roger Rosiers bridged the gap to De Vlaeminck and quickly dropped him. 

Entering the tough cobbles at Cysoing Rosiers’ lead held at 45 seconds.  After surviving two punctures and a crash Rosiers entered the velodrome with more than a minute lead and easily crossed the finish line for the victory.

P-R April 18, 1971
225 Km, Chantilly to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Roger ROSIERS (Bel) 6h17'53"

2. Herman Van Springel (Bel) +1'26"
3. Marino Basso (Ita)
Starters: 135
Finishers: 45
Average Speed: 42.108 km/h

 

 

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