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57th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1973 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





TV Live at Flanders

Television coverage of cycling was coming of age as millions of viewers watched the Ronde action live. Motorcycle cameras captured the action of a 13 rider breakaway and the drama of race favorite Frans Verbecken’s multiple and untimely punctures. 

The peloton rolled into the new finish line in Meerbeke/Ninove. Belgian sprinters Freddy Maertens and Eric Leman treated the fans to a battle to the line. Defending champion Eric Leman took a narrow win. 

Leman became the 3rd rider to win Flanders 3 times.

Flanders April 1, 1973
260 Km, Gent to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Eric LEMAN (Bel) 6h17'00"

2. Freddy Maertens (Bel)

3. Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Starters: 174
Finishers: 37
Average Speed: 41.379 km/h

RVV 1972

RVV 1974

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