___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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