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39th World Championship Road Race 1972


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian













Marino Basso

The 1972 World Road Race Championship was held in Gap, France. The race presented 272.56 km over a difficult 18 laps of a 15.14 km circuit.

SPECIAL NOTE: Franco Bitossi is nicknamed "Crazy Heart" due to a cardiac arrhythmia and the way his heart reacted to stress.

Franco Bitossi (Ita) took his chance and attacked in the closing kilometers. He was alone under the 1 km to go flag with a 250 meter lead, but with the finish line in site doubt crept into Bitossi mind. He lost his power to pedal. The hard charging peloton caught Bitossi at the finish line. Italian teammate Marino Basso flew past Bitossi for the victory. Bitossi held on to finish in second place.

WCRR August 6, 1972
272.56 Km [ Gap, France ]

1. Marino BASSO (Ita) 7h05'59"

2. Franco Bitossi (Ita)

3. Cyrille Guimard (Fra)

Starters: 89
Finishers: 42
Average Speed: 38.392 km/h

WCRR 1971

WCRR 1973

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