The history of the Tour de France

Year 1969


  • Belgian sensation Eddy Merckx hoarded the headlines as he dominated the race, and won his first of five victories. After first winning the stage over the Ballon d'Alsace, he went on to win the time trial in Divonne, not to mention mountain stages in the Alps and the Pyrénées. By the time the race reached Paris, Merckx held over a 17-minute lead on his nearest rival, 1967 winner Roger Pingeon.

  • Undoubtedly Eddy Merckx was the cream of the crop in the 1969 Tour. He humiliated his competition in the Pyrénées when he attacked on the Tourmalet and rode to a 130-kilometer solo victory. By the time the race reached Paris, Merckx not only wore the yellow jersey, but also won the points competition and the best-climber competition.

  • Jacques Goddet titles an article "Merckxissimo," and Christian Raymond nicknames Merckx "The Canibal." Last finish at the velodrome in Bordeaux (first: Hoban). Last rider: Wilhem (86th) at 3 h 51 min. 53 sec.

  • Merckx starts reigning on international cycling. He earns the yellow jersey, the green jersey and the best climber’s trophy. Trade teams return definitively; six new stages

  • Mario Puzo publishes "The Godfather"; first man on the moon; Miles Davis records legendary jazz fusion album "Bitches Brew"; Ho Chi Ming dies; French President Charles De Gaulle leaves office.

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