___Bike Racing Timeline

  Timeline: 1970  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1970 Milan-San Remo Michele Dancelli (Ita) 288 km
April 5, 1970 Tour of Flanders Eric Leman (Bel) 265 km
April 12, 1970 Paris-Roubaix Eddy Merckx (Bel) 266 km
April 17, 1970 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 253 km
April 23-May 12, 1970 Vuelta a Espana Luis Ocana (Spa) 19 Stages, 3,560 km
May 18-June 7 1970 Giro d'Italia Eddy Merckx (Bel) 20 Stages, 3,292 km
June 27-July 21, 1970 Tour de France Eddy Merckx (Bel) 23 Stages, 4,366 km
August 16, 1970 World Championships Jean-Pierre Monsere (Bel) Leicester, GBR 272 km

October 10, 1970

Giro di Lombardia Franco Bitossi (Ita) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  Apollo 13 - April 11, 1970 , the ill-fated space mission was launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida. April 17, 1970 , the malfunctioning Apollo 13 space capsule returned to earth safely.

•  USA - military forces invade Cambodia to search for Viet Cong fighters.

•  Ohio - 4 Kent State students were killed by National Guard troops during an anti-war demonstration.

•  NYC - September 1970 , the first running of the New York City Marathon.

•  Egypt - Anwar Sadat becames the president of Egypt.

Notable Deaths -
Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970
, flamboyant American football coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was the winning coach in the first two Super Bowls .

Janis Joplin, 1943-1970, Blues and Rock & Roll singer died from an overdose of heroin.

Jimi Hendrix, 1942-1970, extraordinary Rock musician, his records help re-define the electric guitar. His life style led to his untimely drug related death.

Eugene Christophe , 1885-1970, a grand French champion, he never had a TdF victory, but was eternally in the hunt every time he entered the race. He was the first to receive the nickname Eternal Second.

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade1970-1979 -
L'Equipe's athlete of the decade was Eddy Merckx of Belgium, Cycling's Grand Champion. Merckx's record earned him the title as the " Greatest Cyclist of All Times. " He dominated his sport more than any other athlete did in the history of sports. Over a seven-year period, Merckx won almost 250 races, which included 5 Tour de France wins, 5 Giro d'Italia wins, 4 world titles, and 25 prestigious race victories. This total domination made Eddy Merckx a unique figure in sports history.


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