Today’s photograph is of Eddy Merckx in the Pyrenees in 1971 #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day

Stage 5

Day of reckoning
Merckx, being trailed by his great rival Luis Ocaña, and the Belgian climber Lucien van Impe, during the 1971 Tour. It was the day of Ocaña’s famous crash, which put him out of the race – and cost him arguably his best chance of beating Merckx. Opinion on whether he would have done is still divided today


These photos can be found on page 125 of Tour de France 100.
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