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1973 Paris - Roubaix

71st edition: Sunday, April 15, 1973

Complete results

Paris-Roubaix podium history | 1974 edition | 1972 edition Tour de France: 2021

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The Race:

The 1973 Paris-Roubaix was 272 km long and raced at an average speed of 36.37 km/hr.

There were 138 starters and 35 classified finishers

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.

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Here's how Miroir du Cyclisme pictured Merckx during the race.

Eddy Merckx on the cover of L'Equipe on his way to winning in Roubaix.


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Complete Results:

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

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