The Tour year 1974
After a one-year sabbatical from the Tour, Eddy Merckx was back and looking for his fifth victory in as many attempts. His toughest challenge this year came from the surprising Raymond Poulidor, who at the age of 38, managed to drop Merckx in on the Chat Pass in the Alps, and again on the toughest stage in the Pyrénées. Merckx, however, did not break. And he still managed to win eight stages including the Prologue.
One of cycling’s proverbs could be, “Old cyclists never die, they just keep on fighting.” And the author could well be Raymond Poulidor. He may never have won the Tour, but at age of 38, he perhaps never rode better. Sure he finished over eight minutes down in the overall ranking. But second place to Merckx was the same as victory for many. His greatest ride in…
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