Tour de France 1975

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62nd Tour de France 1975 - final result
Route length 22 stages, 3,999.15 km
Tour winner Bernard Thévenet 114: 35: 31 h
(34.899 km / h)
Second Eddy Merckx + 2:47 min
Third Lucien Van Impe + 5:01 min
Fourth Joop Zoetemelk + 6:42 min
fifth Felice Gimondi + 19:29 min
Sixth Vicente Lopez-Carril + 23:05 min
seventh Francesco Moser + 24:13 min
Eighth Josef Fuchs + 25:51 min
Ninth Ward Janssens + 32:01 min
Tenth Pedro Torres + 35:36 min
Green jersey Rik Van Linden 342 P.
Second Eddy Merckx 240 p.
Third Francesco Moser 199 P.
Dotted jersey Lucien Van Impe 285 P.
Second Eddy Merckx 206 P.
Third Joop Zoetemelk 171 P.
White jersey Francesco Moser 114: 59: 44 h
Team evaluation GAN-Mercier

The 62nd Tour de France took place from June 26th to July 20th, 1975 and covered 22 stages over 3999 km. Five-time tour winner Eddy Merckx started as the favorite, but couldn't win the tour. 140 racers took part in the tour, of which 86 were classified.

Race course

The Italian Francesco Moser won the prologue and was able to defend his lead in the overall standings up to the fifth stage. In the first individual time trial on the sixth stage, Merckx won and took over the yellow jersey . The Belgian was also successful in the second time trial and defended his lead, even though he lost a few seconds to Bernard Thévenet , Joop Zoetemelk , Lucien Van Impe and Felice Gimondi in the Pyrenees .

After the stage on the Puy de Dôme , won by Belgian Van Impe, Merckx was around a minute ahead of Bernard Thévenet, who was behind him in the overall standings. On this stage, Merckx was hit in the kidneys by a spectator on the last climb. On the next stage to Pra-Loup, Merckx attacked first and was able to drop it on the last pass of the day, the Col d'Allos . But before the final climb to Pra-Loup he was caught again. When Gimondi attacked, Merckx could not follow, but Thévenet was able to keep up with the Italian and later break away from him. Merckx, who had suffered a slump in weakness, lost over three minutes in the last six kilometers to the winner of the day Thévenet, who also took over the yellow jersey from Merckx. After Thévenet's attack on the Col d'Izoard and the associated stage win the next day, the Tour win could not be taken away from him, Merckx finished second overall ahead of Van Impe.

In 1975 the ratings of the tour were changed: The combination rating was abolished, but from 1975 the best in the mountain rating (Meillieur Grimpeur) had its own rating jersey , the dotted jersey . For the third time, the best climber was Lucien Van Impe, who started with a frame made of carbon and fiberglass. Francesco Moser finished seventh overall on his only tour participation and won the newly introduced white jersey for the best young professional. The three-time stage winner Rik Van Linden won the points.

Since 1975, the last stage of the Tour de France has ended on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées . Walter Godefroot won the premiere on this home straight in the mass sprint.

The stages

Stages Day Start finish km Stage winner Jersey yellow.svg Yellow jersey
prolog June 26th Charleroi ( BEL ) 6.25 ( EZF ) Francesco Moser Francesco Moser
1st stage (a) June 27th Charleroi (BEL) - Molenbeek (BEL) 94 Cees Priem
1st stage (b) June 27th Molenbeek (BEL) - Roubaix 108.5 Rik Van Linden
2nd stage June 28th Roubaix - Amiens 121.5 Ronald De Witte
3rd stage June 29th Amiens - Versailles 169.5 Karel Rottiers
4th stage June 30th Versailles - Le Mans 223 Jacques Esclassan
5th stage July 1 Sablé-sur-Sarthe - Merlin-Plage 222.5 Theo Smit
6th stage 2nd July Merlin Plage - Merlin Plage 16 (EZF) Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx
7th stage 3rd of July Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Angoulême 235.5 Francesco Moser
8th stage July 4th Angoulême - Bordeaux 134 Barry Hoban
Rest day
9th stage (a) July 6th Langon - Fleurance 131 Theo Smit Eddy Merckx
9th stage (b) 7th of July Fleurance - too 37.4 (EZF) Eddy Merckx
10th stage 8th of July Also - Pau 206 Felice Gimondi
11th stage July 9 Pau - Saint-Lary-Soulan 160 Joop Zoetemelk
12th stage 10th of July Tarbes - Albi 242 Gerrie Knetemann
13th stage July 11th Albi - Super Lioran 260 Michel Pollentier
14th stage July 12 Aurillac - Puy de Dôme 173.5 Lucien Van Impe
Rest day
15th stage July 14th Nice - Pra-Loup 217.5 Bernard Thévenet Bernard Thévenet
16th stage 15th of July Barcelonnette - Serre Chevalier 107 Bernard Thévenet
17th stage 16th of July Valloire - Avoriaz 225 Vicente Lopez-Carril
18th stage 17th July Morzine - Châtel 40 (EZF) Lucien Van Impe
19th stage July 18th Thonon-les-Bains - Chalon-sur-Saône 229 Rik Van Linden
20th stage July 19 Pouilly-en-Auxois - Melun 256 Giacinto Santambrogio
21st stage 20th of July Melun - Senlis 220.5 Rik Van Linden
22nd stage 20th of July Paris - Paris 163.5 Walter Godefroot

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