what happened to eddy merckx the day before he lost the lead of the 1975 tour on the climb to pra-loup

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1Eddy Merckx

To mark Eddy Merckx’s 70th birthday, we look back on one of the defining races of his career: the brutal, tumultuous 1975 Tour de France. Ultimately he was beaten, but the memory of a classic race …

21975 Tour de France

The 1975 Tour de France was the 62nd edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling’s Grand Tours.It took place between 26 June and 20 July, with 22 stages covering a distance of 4,000 km (2,485 mi). Eddy Merckx was attempting to win his sixth Tour de France, but became a victim of violence. Many Frenchmen were upset that a Belgian might beat the record of five wins set by Frenchman Jacques …

3Eddy Merckx

At the Tour, Merckx won the race’s prologue, giving him the first race leader’s maillot jaune (English: yellow jersey), which he lost the next day to teammate Joseph Bruyère. He won the seventh stage of the race, and regained the lead, through attacking in the closing kilometers and holding off the chasing peloton.

41975 Tour de France

At the stage 6 Merlin-Plage 16-kilometer individual time trial Merckx took over the lead after a clean win. Moser finished 33 seconds behind and Thévenet, Ocaña and Poulidor all lost about a minute. This was looking like another Merckx Tour: 1. Eddy Merckx 2. Francesco Moser @ 31 seconds 3. Michel Pollentier @ 1 minute 9 seconds 4.

5Eddy Merckx

The next day was a stage from Nice to Pra-Loup over several Alps. Merckx attacked closest rival Bernard Thévenet over the Col d’Allos and extended his lead on the corkscrew descent. The final climb of Pra-Loup became the scene of the star’s famous shutdown.

6Bernard Thévenet

“On stage 11 to Saint Lary-Soulan I was second to Zoetemelk (1980 Tour winner, Joop of Holland) but ahead of Merckx, I reduced the lead he held on me to 1-31. “On stage 14 to Puy-de-Dome I was second again, this time to Van Impe (1976 Tour winner, Lucien of Belgium) and took more time on Merckx, reducing the gap to 58 seconds.

7Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx is a doting, generous grandfather who loves to spend time with his grandchildren, which he explains has helped to make up for the time lost with his own children while he was busy …

8Eddy Merckx

Merckx began the 6.5km climb to Pra Loup with a lead of about a minute. Thévenet, who had felt the dreaded hunger pangs close to the summit of the Col d’Allos, had refueled and was reinvigorated.

9what happened to eddy merckx the day before he lost the lead of the 1975 tour on the climb to pra-loup
Badly bruised as a result, Merckx lost the race lead when racing resumed, after cracking on Pra Loup – that yellow jersey, the 96 th of his career, would prove to be his last as he finished the …

10what happened to eddy merckx the day before he lost the lead of the 1975 tour on the climb to pra-loup
But it is hard to imagine the spell he cast on the Tour, sowing fear among his competitors. But in 1975 the spell broke in the southern Alps on the modest climb to the remote ski resort of Pra-Loup. The climb itself is less than 10 kilometers long with an average grade of less than 6 percent. At face value it is far from daunting.

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1Tour de France stage 2 – Live coverage
Bradley Wiggins suggests Tour de France riders retire if they can’t handle risks Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 2 of the Tour de France. Once again we start and finish in Nice but today we go into the mountains for a day that will test the GC contenders.
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1Bernard Thévenet
frenetic. Has Eddy Merckx‘s long reign in the Tour de France come to an end on the PraLoup. Some think so; others believe that it will happen tomorrow. A…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard Thévenet