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1973 Paris - Roubaix

71st edition: Sunday, April 15, 1973

Paris-Roubaix podium history | 1974 edition | 1972 edition

272 km. 138 starters, 35 classified finishers

The Race: The first major selection occurred at the Wallers-Arenberg sector of cobbles where a 16-rider lead group emerged. Then, from out of the Bouvignies pavé it was down to Roger de Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx. De Vlaeminck had severely injured his arm in Gent-Wevelghem and couldn't hold Merckx's wheel. That was the race. Merckx rode solo for 44 kilometers to handily win his third Paris-Roubaix.

Complete Results:

  1. Eddy Merckx (Molteni) 7hr 28min 43sec. 36.37 km/hr
  2. Walter Godefroot (Flandria-Shimano-Carpenter) @ 2min 20sec
  3. Roger Rosiers (Bic) s.t.
  4. Walter Planckaert (Watney-Maes) @ 7min 18sec
  5. Freddy Maertens (Flandria-Shimano-Carpenter) s.t.
  6. Frans Verbeeck (Watney-Maes) @ 7min 46sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn) s.t.
  8. Herman van Springel (Rokado) s.t.
  9. Régis Delépine (Gan-Mercier) @ 11min 53sec
  10. Raymond Poulidor (Gan-Mercier) s.t.
  11. Michel Périn (Gan-Mercier) s.t.
  12. Julien van Lint (Brooklyn) s.t.
  13. Willy van Malderghem (Ijsboerke) s.t.
  14. Cyrille Guimard (Gan-Mercier) @ 12min 34sec
  15. Ole Ritter (Bianchi) s.t.
  16. Sylvain Vasseur (Bic) @ 15min 27sec
  17. Georges Pintens (Rokado) s.t.
  18. Noël van Clooster (Ijsboerke) s.t.
  19. Karl-Heinz Kunde (Rokado) @ 19min 19sec
  20. Nemesio Jimenez (KAS) @ 19min 50sec
  21. Cees Koeken (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 20min 50sec
  22. Johnny Schleck (Bic) s.t.
  23. Santiago Lazcano (KAS) s.t.
  24. Mathijs De Koning (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 20min 4sec
  25. Jean-Claude Meunier (Peugeot) s.t.
  26. Leif Mortensen (Bic) s.t.
  27. Tino Tabak (Sonolor) s.t.
  28. Gustav van Roosbroeck (Rokado) @ 24min 46sec
  29. Luis Ocaña (Bic) @ 25min 44sec
  30. Alain Santy (Bic) @ 26min 32sec
  31. Hennie Kuiper (Rokado) @ 27min 36sec
  32. Alain Nogues (Gitane-Frigecreme) s.t.
  33. Robert Mintkiewicz (Sonolor) @ 28min 49sec
  34. Alfred Gaida (Rokado) @ 35min 55sec
  35. Michel Rocques (Sonolor) @ 36min 9sec