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1972 | July 1 - July 23
Angers - Paris

total distance: 3846.0 km
number of stages: 20

money for winner: 20 000 F
money total: 552 000 F

Eddy Merckx | Molteni | Belgium | age: 27
time: 108hr 17min 18sec | average speed: 35.514 km/h
2nd place: Felice Gimondi (+ 10min 41sec)
3rd place: Raymond Poulidor (+ 11min 34sec)
winning team: GAN - Mercier
number of participants: 132
finished: 88
not finished: 44
Jerseys winners:

 Eddy Merckx
 Eddy Merckx
 Lucien van Impe


Tour de France start:

Statistic of the riders:
Route length:
(compared with longest route in 1926 - 5745 km)

 3 846 / 5 745 
 66,9%


Stages

number of stages in this year*: 25 | display finish towns on map
*total number of posibbilities to win the stage

STAGES - start, finish, length, winner, time, average speed
PAngers - Angers  7.2 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  0:08:51  48.8 km/h
1Angers - Saint-Brieuc  235.5 km  FRA  Cyrille GUIMARD  6:00:31  39.2 km/h
2Saint-Brieuc - La Baule  206.5 km  BEL  Rik VAN LINDEN  5:09:43  40.0 km/h
3aPornichet - Saint-Jean-de-Monts  161.0 km  ITA  Ercole GUALAZZINI  3:56:33  40.8 km/h
3bMerlin-Plage - Merlin-Plage  16.2 km  ITA  Molteni  0:19:20  50.3 km/h
4Merlin-Plage - Royan  236.0 km  FRA  Cyrille GUIMARD  5:22:43  43.9 km/h
5aRoyan - Bordeaux  133.5 km  BEL  Walter GODEFROOT  2:59:33  44.6 km/h
5bBordeaux - Bordeaux  12.7 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  0:16:05  46.3 km/h
6Bordeaux - Bayonne  205.0 km  NED  Léo DUYNDAM  5:44:10  35.7 km/h
7Bayonne - Pau  220.5 km  FRA  Yves HEZARD  6:02:19  36.5 km/h
8Pau - Luchon  163.5 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  4:54:48  33.3 km/h
9Luchon - Colomiers  179.0 km  BEL  Joseph HUYSMANS  4:43:01  37.9 km/h
10Castres - La Grande-Motte  210.0 km  BEL  Willy TEIRLINCK  6:08:19  34.2 km/h
11Carnon - Mont Ventoux  207.0 km  FRA  Bernard THEVENET  7:13:45  28.6 km/h
12Carpentras - Orcières-Merlette  192.0 km  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE  5:38:33  34.0 km/h
13Orcières-Merlette - Briançon  201.0 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  6:26:12  31.2 km/h
14aBriançon - Valloire  51.0 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  1:32:02  33.2 km/h
14bValloire - Aix-les-Bains  151.0 km  FRA  Cyrille GUIMARD  4:48:53  31.4 km/h
15Aix-les-Bains - Mont Revard  28.0 km  FRA  Cyrille GUIMARD  1:09:49  24.1 km/h
16Aix-les-Bains - Pontarlier  198.5 km  BEL  Willy TEIRLINCK  6:08:17  32.3 km/h
17Pontarlier - Ballon d´Alsace  213.0 km  FRA  Bernard THEVENET  5:59:08  35.6 km/h
18Vesoul - Auxerre  257.5 km  NED  Marinus "Rini" WAGTMANS  7:38:21  33.7 km/h
19Auxerre - Versailles  230.0 km  BEL  Joseph BRUYERE  6:41:55  34.3 km/h
20aVersailles - Versailles  42.0 km  BEL  Eddy MERCKX  0:55:27  45.4 km/h
20bVersailles - Paris  89.0 km  BEL  Willy TEIRLINCK  2:32:14  35.1 km/h


Winners of stages in 1972 by nations (4):

 nation  No.wins share (%)
 BEL  14 
 56,00% 
 FRA  7 
 28,00% 
 ITA  2 
 8,00% 
 NED  2 
 8,00% 



Winners of stages in 1972 by cyclists (14):

 name  No.wins share (%)
 Eddy MERCKX  6 
 24,00% 
 Cyrille GUIMARD  4 
 16,00% 
 Willy TEIRLINCK  3 
 12,00% 
 Bernard THEVENET  2 
 8,00% 
 Marinus "Rini" WAGTMANS  1 
 4,00% 
 Lucien VAN IMPE  1 
 4,00% 
 Joseph HUYSMANS  1 
 4,00% 
 Yves HEZARD  1 
 4,00% 
 Léo DUYNDAM  1 
 4,00% 
 Walter GODEFROOT  1 
 4,00% 
 Molteni  1 
 4,00% 
 Ercole GUALAZZINI  1 
 4,00% 
 Rik VAN LINDEN  1 
 4,00% 
 Joseph BRUYERE  1 
 4,00% 



Ascents

number of ascents in this year*: 25 | display ascents on map
*ascents of the second, first and "hors" category

THE ALPES [13]
Col de Manse (1268 m):  BEL  Rik VAN LINDEN
Col de Manse (1268 m):  POR  Joaquim AGOSTINHO
Col de Perty (1303 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Col de Vars (2110 m):  FRA  Raymond DELISLE
Col du Télégraphe (1566 m):  ITA  Pietro CAMPAGNARI
Galibier (2645 m):  NED  Joop ZOETEMELK
Grand Cucheron (1188 m):  BEL  Eddy MERCKX
Granier (1134 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Granier (1134 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Izoard (2361 m):  BEL  Eddy MERCKX
Lautaret (2058 m):  POR  Joaquim AGOSTINHO
Mont Revard (1537 m):  FRA  Cyrille GUIMARD
Orcières-Merlette (1838 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
THE PYRENEES [6]
Aspin (1490 m):  BEL  Roger SWERTS
Aubisque (1709 m):  BEL  Wilfried DAVID
Col des Ares (797 m):  FRA  Christian RAYMOND
Peyresourde (1569 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Portet d’Aspet (1069 m):  FRA  Christian RAYMOND
Tourmalet (2115 m):  BEL  Roger SWERTS
Other mountains [6]
Ballon d’Alsace (1178 m):  FRA  Bernard THEVENET
Col d´Oderen (884 m):  POR  Joaquim AGOSTINHO
Col de la Faucille (1323 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Col de la Fontasse (537 m):  NED  Mathieu PUSTJENS
Col des Treize Vents (600 m):  BEL  Lucien VAN IMPE
Mont Ventoux (1909 m):  FRA  Bernard THEVENET


Winners of ascents in 1972 by nations (5):

 nation  No. wins share (%)
 BEL  13 
 52,00% 
 FRA  6 
 24,00% 
 POR  3 
 12,00% 
 NED  2 
 8,00% 
 ITA  1 
 4,00% 



Winners of ascents in 1972 by cyclists (13):

 name  No. wins share (%)
 Lucien VAN IMPE  7 
 28,00% 
 Joaquim AGOSTINHO  3 
 12,00% 
 Eddy MERCKX  2 
 8,00% 
 Roger SWERTS  2 
 8,00% 
 Christian RAYMOND  2 
 8,00% 
 Bernard THEVENET  2 
 8,00% 
 Rik VAN LINDEN  1 
 4,00% 
 Wilfried DAVID  1 
 4,00% 
 Raymond DELISLE  1 
 4,00% 
 Cyrille GUIMARD  1 
 4,00% 
 Pietro CAMPAGNARI  1 
 4,00% 
 Mathieu PUSTJENS  1 
 4,00% 
 Joop ZOETEMELK  1 
 4,00% 



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