1975 Tour of Flanders

The 59th running of the Tour of Flanders cycling race in Belgium was held on Sunday 6 April 1975. Belgian Eddy Merckx won the classic a second time.[1][2] The race started in Ghent and finished in Meerbeke (Ninove).

Race details
Dates6 April 1975
Distance255 km (158.4 mi)
Winning time6h 16'
  Winner  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (Molteni)
  Second  Frans Verbeeck (BEL) (Maes-Watneys)
  Third  Marc Demeyer (BEL) (Flandria-Carpenter)
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World champion Eddy Merckx concluded his second win after another memorable raid to the finish. Merckx broke clear from the peloton on the Oude Kwaremont together with fellow Belgian Frans Verbeeck with 104 km to ride. Merckx and Verbeeck continued working for the remainder of the course, until Merckx distanced his worn-out companion in Denderwindeke, 6 km before the finish in Meerbeke. The best of the other riders came in at more than five minutes. [3][4]


There were eight categorized climbs:


Cyclist Team Time
1   Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni 6h 16' 00"
2   Frans Verbeeck (BEL) Maes-Watneys + 13"
3   Marc Demeyer (BEL) Flandria-Carpenter + 5'02"
4   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Watneys + 5'08"
5   Rik Van Linden (BEL) Bianchi-Campagnolo s.t.
6   Gerben Karstens (NED) Gitane s.t.
7   Staf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Alsaver-Jeunet s.t.
8   Freddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria-Carpenter s.t.
9   Roger Rosiers (BEL) Super-Ser s.t.
10   Willem Peeters (BEL) Maes-Watneys s.t.


  1. ^ Vanwalleghem, Rik (1991), De Ronde van Vlaanderen, Pinguin, Belgium, ISBN 90-73322-02-2, p174
  2. ^ McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol. "1975 Ronde van Vlaanderen results". BikeRaceInfo. Cherokee Village, AR: McGann Publishing. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ Vanwalleghem, Rik (2003), De Ronde van Vlaanderen, Lannoo, Belgium, ISBN 90-20951-37-8, p42
  4. ^ Vanwalleghem, Rik (1991), De Ronde van Vlaanderen, Pinguin, Belgium, ISBN 90-73322-02-2, p161-163