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59th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1975 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





Merckx’s Early Attack

World Champion Eddy Merckx attacked on the Oude Kwaremont with 104 kms to go and escaped the peloton. Frans Verbeeck joined the 'Cannibal' as the lead passed 1 minute. When the road flattened the duo extended their lead to over 2 minutes. 

Over the Muur de Geraardsbergen with 19 kms to the finish Merckx and Verbeeck held a steady 3 minute advantage. An elite group led by Roger de Vlaeminck was chasing hard but not closing. 

Merckx (L) leads Verbeeck (R) on the Muur

Entering the 5 km closing circuit of Meerbeke Merckx rode Verbeeck off his wheel and soloed to the victory.

Flanders April 6, 1975
255 Km, Gent to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 6h16'00"

2. Frans Verbeeck (Bel) +30"

3. Marc Demeyer (Bel) + 5'02"

Starters: 179
Finishers: 50
Average Speed: 40.690 km/h

RVV 1974

RVV 1976

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