One day One Story - 1975: the end of an era for Merckx

The 2020 Tour was originally scheduled to take place from 27 June to 19 July. To keep the flame of the race burning, will relive every day a glorious or curious race event that happened two, fifteen or forty years ago. A trip down memory lane…

As always since 1969, Eddy Merckx was the major favourite for the Tour de France at the beginning of the 1975 edition. At the start of the 15th stage on the way to Pra-Loup, the commentators were nevertheless asking questions of the Belgian champion’s potential, following a punch received from a spectator on the climb up the Puy-de-Dôme. Regardless of whether it was just an ominous incident or a genuine physical attack, on the climb to Pra-Loup, Merckx did not reach his usual standards of greatness. Although he had taken the bull by the horns with a solo attack on the ascent up the Col d’Allos pass, his strength waned in the last kilometres of the stage and he was caught by Bernard Thévenet. In fact, what the spectators witnessed was the end of an era as well as a shift in the balance of power to the Frenchman, who took the Yellow Jersey with a lead of 57 seconds.

Tour de France 2020 - One day One story : Pra-Loup 1975

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