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73rd Paris-Roubaix 1975 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

De Vlaeminck’s 3rd P-R Victory

The 1975 edition of Paris-Roubaix left the start in Chantilly under heavy cloud cover. The heavy rains of the previous two days caused flooding in the first cobbled section at Neuvilly. The passage of the race entourage was a disaster. Motorcycles slid and crashed along with race officials’ cars becoming stuck in the mud. The peloton barely squeezed through the carnage. 

An elite group of riders broke away and opened a five minute gap with 90 kms to go. The breakaway dwindled under the fast pace until only four riders remained. Eddy Merckx delayed the group with an untimely puncture, but a quick wheel change allowed the World Champion to rejoin the leaders on the hill at Hem. 

Aggressively he went straight past the group. Only a vigilant Roger De Vlaeminck could answer the attack. The four Belgians were together again at the entrance to the velodrome with Merckx leading out the sprint from the back stretch.  De Vlaeminck struggled to hold the wheel around the final bend. Dramatically De Vlaeminck pulled even with Merckx and surged past in the final meter. To the roar of the huge crowd Roger De Vlaeminck gained his record tying third P-R victory.

P-R April 13, 1975
277.5 Km, Chantilly to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Roger DE VLAEMINCK (Bel) 6h52'04"

2. Eddy Merckx (Bel)
3. Andre Dierickx (Bel)
Starters: 158
Finishers: 43
Average Speed: 40.406 km/h

P-R 1974

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