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Luis Ocana factor?? could there be a big TDF surprise(6 posts)

Luis Ocana factor?? could there be a big TDF surprisetdf-addict
Jun 29, 2003 4:29 PM
I recall in 1973 Eddy Merckx was set to win his 5th TDF in a row -- a record I think. Then this guy from Spain on an orange Motobecane surprised everyone. Mostly surprised Merckx I guess.

Anyone think Lance will be in for a surprise? The 5th one seems to be a limit.

We in Austin would love to see him do 5, 6, and even more.
Where was the surprise?merckx56
Jun 29, 2003 4:49 PM
Merckx didn't even ride the Tour in 1973! He stated that he had no interest in equaling Anquetil's record (of five victories) and went to the coast for vacation with his family in July of 1973! Merckx did indeed win 5, but not in a row.
Where was the surprise? Are you sure?tdf-addict
Jun 29, 2003 4:54 PM
I thought Merckx was in the tour in 1973 -- I thought he rode in 73 and 74
Positive...merckx56
Jun 29, 2003 6:26 PM
Merckx won the Giro, didn't race the Tour and won the Vuelta in '73. He won it again in '74.
I second that...teoteoteo
Jun 29, 2003 6:46 PM
No Eddy in 1973. With a handle like merckx56 who needs my confirmation though.
Where was the surprise? Are you sure?orange_julius
Jun 30, 2003 5:16 AM
Some say that Mercx didn't ride TdF in 73 as a gesture
of chivalry, to let others (perhaps he had Ocana in mind)
to get a shot at it. In a different TdF, Ocana crashed
heavily while wearing the Maillot Jaune and had to retire.
Mercx was second in the GC and was awarded the Maillot
Jaune by default the next day, but refused to wear it.

And indeed, Ocana won in 73 so he's definitely no slouch!