___Race Snippets


76th Paris-Roubaix 1978 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Moser’s First… at Last

The 141 strong peloton left the start at Compiegne aggressively.  By the first cobbled section at Neuvilly the lead group was only 40 riders.  A steady rain caused havoc, a large crash slowed several favorites.  

From the dwindling pack Italian Francesco Moser attacked and broke away.  Freddy Maertens, Jan Raas and teammate Roger De Vlaeminck formed an elite chase group but Moser held a minute lead with 10 kms to go.

Moser continued to build the lead and entered the velodrome with a 1’40” advantage.  With his World Championship Jersey covered in mud Francesco Moser claimed his first victory in the “Hell of the North”.

SPECIAL NOTE: Moser’s victory was the first for Italy since Italian Felice Gimondi in 1966.

P-R April 16, 1978
263 Km, Compiegne to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Francesco MOSER (Ita) 7h12'24"

2. Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) +1'40"
3. Jan Raas (Ned)
Starters: 141
Finishers: 40
Average Speed: 36.494 km/h


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