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1973 Tour de France

60th edition: june 30 - july 22, 1973, results, stages with running gc, map, videos and photos.

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1973 Tour de France Quick Facts:

4,140.4 km raced at an average speed of 33.918 km/hr

132 starters and 87 classified finishers

After winning both the Vuelta and the Giro in 1973, Eddy Merckx chose not to defend his Tour title.

His contract with sponsor Molteni called for his riding both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España (then held in the spring) that year.

With two Grand Tours under his belt, Merckx intelligently thought a third three-week race would be too much.

Luis Ocaña effectively won the 1973 Tour on the cobbles of stage three when he left his major challengers more than two minutes behind.

He sealed the deal in the brutal eighth stage with its four massive climbs where he and José-Manuel Fuente fought so hard the next finisher, Mariano Martinez, came in seven minutes later.

Complete Final 1973 Tour de France General Classification:

  • Bernard Thévenet (Peugeot-BP) @ 15min 51sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente (KAS) @ 17min 15sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 26min 22sec
  • Lucien van Impe (Sonolor) @ 30min 20sec
  • Herman Van Springel (Rokado) @ 32min 1sec
  • Michel Périn (Gan-Mercier) @ 33min 2sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho (Bic) @ 35min 51sec
  • Vicente López-Carril (KAS) @ 36min 18sec
  • Régis Ovion (Peugeot-BP) @ 36min 59sec
  • Raymond Delisle (Peugeot-BP) @ 37min 43sec
  • Mariano Martinez (Gan-Mercier) @ 40min 49sec
  • Pedro Torres (Las Casera-Bahamontes) @ 47min 30sec
  • José Catieau (Bic) @ 49min 12sec
  • Antonio Martos (KAS) @ 49min 20sec
  • Antoon Houbrechts (Rokado) @ 49min 38sec
  • Lucien Aimar (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 49min 54sec
  • Fernando Mendes (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 51min 22sec
  • Leif Mortensen (Bic) @ 52min 18sec
  • Francisco Galdos (KAS) @ 53min 5sec
  • Bernard Labourdette (Bic) @ 1hr 4min 49sec
  • Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 8min 41sec
  • Luis Zubero (KAS) @ 1hr 18min 49sec
  • Ronald Dewitte (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 1hr 19min 18sec
  • Luis Balague (Las Casera-Bahamontes) @ 1hr 20min 11sec
  • René Grelin (Gan-Mercier) @ 1hr 20min 33sec
  • Jean-Claude Genty (Bic) @ 1hr 21min 6sec
  • Roland Berland (Bic) @ 1hr 22min 7sec
  • Santiago Lazcano (KAS) @ 1hr 25min 27sec
  • Pierre Martelozzo (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 27min 51sec
  • Alain Santy (Bic) @ 1hr 29min 19sec
  • Johnny Schleck (Bic) @ 1hr 34min 19sec
  • José Martins (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 1he 34min 36sec
  • Michel Pollentier (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 1hr 36min 3sec
  • Raymond Martin (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 1hr 36min 10sec
  • Charly Rouxel (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 47min 42sec
  • Jurgen Tschan (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 49min 20sec
  • Damaso Torres (La Casera-Bahamontes) @ 1hr 49min 23sec
  • Jesus Manzaneque (La Casera-Bahamontes) @ 1hr 51min 40sec
  • Antonio Menedez (KAS) @ 1hr 55min 58sec
  • Carlos Melero (KAS) @ 1hr 58min 7sec
  • Ferdinand Julien (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 1min 12sec
  • Barry Hoban (Gan-Mercier) @ 2hr 3min 0sec
  • Marcel Boishardy (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 2hr 3min 38sec
  • Herculano Oliveira (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 2hr 5min 13sec
  • Jean-Pierre Genet (Gan-Mercier) @ 2hr 7min 14sec
  • José-Antonio González (KAS) @ 2hr 8min 7sec
  • Claude Tollet (Sonolor) @ 2hr 9min 4sec
  • Jean-Claude Largeau (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 9min 22sec
  • José Grande (KAS) @ 2hr 9min 40sec
  • Michel Roques (Sonolor) @ 2hr 10min 41sec
  • Albert Van Vlierberghe (Rokado) @ 2hr 13min 2sec
  • Sylvain Vasseur (Bic) @ 2hr 13min 56sec
  • Jesus Esperanza (La Casera-Bahamontes) @ 2hr 14min 49sec
  • Daniel Ducreux (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 2hr 15min 21sec
  • Robert Bouloux (Peugeot-BP) @ 2hr 15min 55sec
  • Michael Wright (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 23min 21sec
  • Christian Blain (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 2hr 23min 35sec
  • Gerard Vianen (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 24min 21sec
  • Willy Teirlinck (Sonolor) @ 2hr 24min 44sec
  • Gérard Besnard (Sonolor) @ 2hr 28min 25sec
  • Jean-Jacques Sanquer (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 2hr 29min 5sec
  • Alain Nogues (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 33min 41sec
  • Joaquim Andrade (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 34min 7sec
  • Walter Godefroot (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 2hr 34min 49sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (Rokado) @ 2hr 38min 2sec
  • Charly Grosskost (Gan-Mercier) @ 2hr 38min 43sec
  • Jacques Esclassan (Peueot-BP) @ 2hr 42min 3sec
  • André Mollet (Peugeot-BP) @ 2hr 43min 5sec
  • Theo Van Der Leeuw (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 2hr 43min 38sec
  • Jacques Botherel (Sonolor) @ 2hr 45min 45sec
  • Marc Demeyer (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 2hr 46min 8sec
  • Francis Campaner (Gitane-Frigécrème) @ 2hr 47min 21sec
  • Wilfried David (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria) @ 2hr 50min 33sec
  • Jan Krekels (Canada Dry-Gazelle) @ 2hr 54min 39sec
  • Jacques Mourioux (Gan-Mercier) @ 2hr 59min 21sec
  • Guy Santy (Bic) @ 3hr 1min 19sec
  • Raymond Riotte (Sonolor) @ 3hr 4min 24sec
  • Gérard Moneyron (Gan-Mercier) @ 3hr 5min 20sec
  • Robert Mintkiewicz (Sonolor) @ 3hr 7min 58sec
  • Alf Gaida (Rokado) @ 3hr 12min 23sec
  • Régis Delépine (Gan-Mercier) @ 3hr 14min 21sec
  • Charles Genthon (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 3hr 42min 20sec
  • Noël Geneste (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 4hr 17min 31sec
  • Jean-Claude Baud (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 4hr 33min 9sec
  • Jean-Claude Boucher (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 4hr 36min 56sec
  • Jacques Hochart (De Kova-Lejeune) @ 4hr 51min 9sec

Climbers' Competition:

  • José-Manuel Fuente (KAS): 216
  • Luis Ocaña (Bic): 192
  • Bernard Thévenet (Peugeot-BP): 119
  • Lucien Van Impe (Sonolor): 107
  • Joop Zoetemelk (Gitane-Frigécrème): 83
  • Vicente Lopez-Carril (KAS): 80
  • Joaquim Agostinho (Bic): 46
  • Francisco Galdos (KAS): 46
  • Mariano Martinez (Gan-Mercier): 38

Points Competition:

  • Joop Zoetemelk (Gitane-Frigécrème): 168
  • Luis Ocaña (Bic): 145
  • Bernard Thévenet (Peugeot-BP): 139
  • Walter Godefroot (Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria): 139
  • Barry Hoban (Gan-Mercier): 110
  • Gerard Vianen (Gitane-Frigécrème): 110
  • Lucien Van Impe (Sonolor): 109
  • Mariano Martinez (Gan-Mercier): 89
  • Jacques Esclassan (Peugeot-BP): 89
  • Bic: 369hr 31min 55sec
  • Peugeot-BP @ 20min 23sec
  • KAS @ 20min 42sec
  • Gan-Mercier @ 23min 4sec
  • Rokado @ 1hr 40min 42sec
  • Sonolor @ 1hr 45min 45sec
  • Gitane-Frigécrème @ 1hr 58min 57sec
  • La Casera-Bahamontes @ 2hr 1min 50sec
  • Carpenter-Shimano-Flandria @ 2hr 9min 21sec
  • De Kova-Leujeune @ ?
  • Canada Dry-Gazelle @ ?

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Stage results with running GC:

TDF volume 1

Prologue: Saturday, June 30, Scheveningen (Netherlands) 7.1 km Individual Time trial

  • Joop Zoetemelk: 9min 58.37sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 1sec
  • Jesus Manzaneque s.t.
  • Herman Van Springel s.t.
  • Luis Ocaña @ 2sec
  • Georges Pintens s.t.
  • Yves Hézard @ 4sec
  • Charly Grosskost @ 5sec
  • José-Luis Viejo s.t.
  • Cyrille Guimard @ 7sec

GC after Prologue: Places and times same as prologue results

Stage 1A: Sunday, July 1, Scheveningen - Rotterdam, 84 km

  • Willy Tierlinck: 1hr 47min 44sec
  • Willy De Geest s.t.
  • Robert Montkiewicz s.t.
  • Jurgen Tschan s.t.
  • Alain Nogues s.t.
  • Gérard Vianen s.t.
  • Leif Mortensen s.t.
  • Antonio Menendez s.t.
  • Ludo Delcroix s.t.
  • Sylvain Vasseur s.t.

GC after Stage 1A:

  • Willy Tierlinck: 1hr 57min 51sec
  • Gérard Vianen @ 6sec
  • Alain Nogues @ 11sec
  • Jurgen Tschan @ 14sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 16sec
  • Gustaaf Van Cauter @ 17sec
  • Tino Tabak @ 17sec
  • Ludo Delcroix @ 20sec
  • Carlos Melero @ 24sec

Stage 1B: Sunday, July 1, Rotterdam - St. Niklaas (Belgium), 137.5 km

  • José Catieau: 3hr 33min 41sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 1sec
  • Gonzalo Aja @ 2min 12sec
  • Michel Périn s.t.
  • Mat De Koning @ 2min 17sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck @ 2min 24sec
  • Albert Van Vliergerghe s.t.
  • Frans Verbeeck s.t.
  • Barry Hoban s.t.
  • Marc De Meyer s.t.

GC after Stage 1B:

  • Herman Van Springel: 5hr 32min 8sec
  • José Catieau @ 30sec
  • Willy Tierlinck @ 1min 48sec
  • Willy De Geest @ 1min 50sec
  • Gérard Vianen @ 1min 54sec
  • Alain Nogues @ 1min 59sec
  • Jurgen Tschan @ 2min 2sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 2min 4sec
  • Gustaaf Van Cauter @ 2min 5sec
  • Tino Tabak @ 2min 6sec

Stage 2A: Monday, July 2, St. Niklaas 12.4 km Team Time Trial

Time was calculated by adding up the times of the first five riders of each team. Stage was for Team GC, times were not applied to individual GC.

  • Watney-Maes: 1hr 12min 29sec
  • Peugeot-BP @ 44sec
  • KAS @ 52sec
  • Rokado s.t.
  • Bic @ 59sec
  • Carpenter-Shimano-Flandira @ 1min 24sec
  • Gitane-Frigicreme @ 1min 47sec
  • Sonolor @ 1min 48sec
  • La Casera-Bahamontes @ 2min 44sec
  • Gan-Mercier @ 3min 10sec
  • Canada Dry-Gazelle @ 3min 25sec
  • De Kova-Lejeune @ 7min 51sec

GC after Stage 2A:

Stage 2B: Monday, July 2, St. Niklaas - Roubaix, 138 km

  • Eddy Verstreaten: 3hr 34min 49sec
  • Gérard Vianen @ 7sec
  • Fernando Mendes s.t.
  • Charly Rouxel s.t.
  • Régis Delépine s.t.
  • Walter Godefroot @ 24sec
  • Jacques Mourioux s.t.
  • Cyrille Guimard s.t.
  • Jan Krekels s.t.

GC after Stage 2B:

  • Herman Van Springel: 9hr 7min 21sec
  • Gérard Vianen @ 1min 27sec
  • Willy Tierlinck @ 1min 44sec
  • Jurgen Tschan @ 1min 56sec
  • Eddy Verstraeten @ 1min 58sec

Stage 3: Tuesday, July 3, Roubaix - Reims, 226 km

  • Cyrille Guimard: 5hr 41min 54sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbeck s.t.
  • Juan Zurano s.t.
  • Luis Ocaña s.t.
  • José Catieau s.t.
  • Frans Verbeeck @ 2min 34sec

GC after Stage 3:

  • José Catieau: 14hr 49min 45sec
  • Willy De Geest @ 1min 16sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 1min 34sec
  • Cyrill Guimard @ 1min 43sec
  • Luis Ocaña @ 1min 59sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 2min 4sec
  • Juan Zurano @ 2min 27sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck @ 2min 31sec
  • Régis Delépine @ 2min 35sec

Stage 4: Wednesday, July 4, Reims - Nancy, 214 km

  • Joop Zoetemelk: 6hr 9min 42sec
  • Lucien van Impe s.t.
  • Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  • Roger Gilson @ 9sec
  • Charly Rouxel @ 12sec
  • Willy Van Neste s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  • José Catieau: 20hr 59min 39sec
  • Cyrille Guimard @ 1min 41sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 1min 48sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck @ 2min 50sec
  • Jacques Mourioux @ 3min 13sec
  • Régis Delépine @ 3min 36sec

Stage 5: Thursday, July 5, Nancy - Mulhouse, 188 km

  • Walter Godefroot: 5hr 12min 19sec
  • Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck s.t.
  • Willy Tierlinck s.t.
  • Mariano Martinez s.t.
  • Gérard Vianen (5hr 12min 15sec) Times were taken at the entry to the velodrome.
  • Roger Gilson s.t. as Godefroot

GC after Stage 5:

  • José Catieau: 26hr 11min 58sec
  • Cyrille Guimard @ 1min 37sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 4min 4sec

Stage 6: Friday, July 6, Belfort - Divonne les Bains, 244.5 km

  • Jean-Pierre Danguillaume: 6hr 53min 2sec
  • Walter Godefroot @ 6sec
  • Michael Wright s.t.
  • Walter Planckaert s.t.
  • Roger Gilson s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  • José Catieau: 33hr 5min 6sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 21sec
  • Fernando Mendes @ 4min 25sec

Stage 7A: Sunday, July 8, Divone les Bains - Aspro Gaillard, 86.5 km

  • Luis Ocaña: 2hr 20min 39sec
  • Mariano Martinez @ 53sec
  • Bernard Thévenet s.t.
  • Pedro Torres s.t.
  • Joop Zoetemelk s.t.
  • José-Manuel Fuente s.t.
  • Francisco Galdos s.t.
  • Raymond Delisle s.t.
  • Régis Ovion @ 1min 12sec

GC after Stage 7A:

  • Luis Ocaña: 35hr 27min 44sec
  • José Catieau @ 44sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 2min 20sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 2min 46sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 2min 58sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 3min 22sec
  • Bernard Thévevet @ 3min 32sec
  • Juan Zurano @ 3min 39sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 3min 55sec
  • Willy De Geest @ 4min 15sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 45sec

Stage 7B: Sunday, July 8, Asprol Gaillard - Méribel les Allues, 150.5 km

  • Bernard Thévenet: 4hr 44min 30sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 8sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 10sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 12sec
  • Luis Ocaña @ 15sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 50sec
  • Francisco Galdos @ 54sec
  • Mariano Martinez @ 1min 25sec
  • Raymond Delisle @ 1min 49sec
  • Régis Ovion s.t.

GC after Stage 7B:

  • Luis Ocaña: 40hr 12min 29sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 2min 51sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 2min 55sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 3min 17sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 3min 19sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 6min 14sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 6min 24sec
  • Raymond Delisle @ 6min 38sec
  • José Catieau @ 7min 4sec
  • Michel Périn @ 7min 24sec

Stage 8: Monday, July 9, Moutiers - Les Orres, 237.5 km

  • Luis Ocaña: 7hr 55min 47sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 58sec
  • Mariano Martinez @ 6min 57sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 6min 59sec
  • Michel Périn @ 12min 33sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 20min 24sec
  • Vicente López-Carril s.t.
  • René Grelin s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  • Luis Ocaña: 48hr 8min 16sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 9min 8sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 10min 16sec
  • Michel Périn @ 19min 57sec
  • Joop zoetemelk @ 23min 15sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 23min 20sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 23min 44sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 26min 39sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 26min 55sec
  • Raymond Delisle @ 27min 3sec

Stage 9: Tuesday, July 10, Embrun - Nice, 234.5 km

  • Vicente López-Carril: 8hr 20min 29sec
  • Frans Verbeeck @ 8min 50sec
  • Jean-Pierre Danguillaume s.t.
  • Ronny De Witte s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  • Luis Ocaña: 56hr 37min 35sec
  • José-Mauel Fuente @ 9min 8sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 23min 15sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 23min 40sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 24min 12sec

Stage 10: Wednesday, July 11, Nice - Aubagne, 222.5 km

  • Michael Wright: 7hr 18min 34sec
  • José-Antonio Gonzalez-Linares s.t.
  • Fernando Mendes @ 36sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 1min 59sec
  • Michel Pollentier s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  • Luis Ocaña: 63hr 58min 45sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 26min 18sec

Stage 11: Thursday, July 12, Montpellier - Argelès sure Mer, 238 km

Times were taken at the entry to the velodrome

  • Barry Hoban: 7hr 45min 21sec
  • Jacques Esclassan s.t.
  • Walter Godefroot (7hr 45min 10sec)
  • Jan Krekels (7hr 45min 10sec)
  • Gérard Besnard (7hr 45min 10sec)

GC after Stage 11:

  • Luis Ocaña: 71hr 44min 6sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 23min 9sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 23min 9sec

Stage 12A: Friday, July 13, Perpignan - Thuir 28.3 km Individual Time Trial

  • Luis Ocaña: 37min 24sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 30sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 33sec
  • José-Antonio Gonzalez-Linares @ 1min 2sec
  • Jesus Manzaneque @ 1min 3sec
  • Charly Grosskost @ 1min 4sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 1min 26sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 1min 29sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 1min 32sec
  • Fernando Mendes @ 1min 36sec

GC after Stage 12A:

  • Luis Ocaña: 72hr 21min 30sec
  • José-Mauel Fuente @ 10min 47sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 11min 45sec
  • Michel Périn @ 22min 26sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 24min 35sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 24min 47sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 26min 1sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 26min 48sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 27min 43sec
  • Leif Mortensen @ 29min 10sec

Stage 12B: Friday, July 13, Thuir - Pyrénées 200

  • Lucien van Impe: 2hr 35min 2sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 20sec
  • Luis Ocaña @ 21sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 23sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 32sec
  • Mariano Martinez @ 34sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho s.t.

GC after Stage 12B:

  • Luis Ocaña: 74hr 56min 53sec
  • José-Manuek Fuente @ 10min 49sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 11min 58sec
  • Michel Périn @ 22min 39sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 24min 42sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 24min 46sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 25min 40sec
  • Raymond Poulidor @ 27min 1sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 27min 56sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 30min 11sec

Stage 13: Sunday, July 15, Bourg Madame - Luchon, 235 km

  • Luis Ocaña: 6hr 51min 50sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 15sec
  • Michel Pollentier @ 3min 34sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 4min 7sec
  • Lucien Aimar s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  • Luis Ocaña: 81hr 48min 39sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 14min 56sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 15min 32sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 24min 57sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 28min 53sec
  • Michel Périn @ 29min 8sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 29min 14sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 32min 3sec
  • Joaquimn Agostinho @ 34min 18sec
  • Raymond Delisle @ 34min 56secn

Stage 14: Monday, July 16, Luchon - Pau, 227.5 km

  • Pedro Torres: 7hr 10min 41sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 1min 9sec
  • Michel Périn @ 1min 11sec
  • Luis Balague s.t.
  • Michel Pollentier @ 2min 11sec
  • Antoon Houbrechts s.t.
  • Jean-Pierre Danguillaume @ 2min 15sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 3min 7sec

GC after Stage 14:

  • Luis Ocaña: 89hr 2min 31sec
  • Michel Périn @ 27min 12sec
  • Lucien Van Impe @ 29min 14sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 34min 4sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 34min 18sec

Stage 15: Tuesday, July 17, Pau - Fleurance, 137 km

  • Wilfried David: 3hr 44min 34sec
  • Marc Demeyer @ 18sec
  • André Mollet s.t.
  • Jean-Pierre Genet s.t.
  • Jesus Esperanza s.t.
  • Raymond Riotte @ 24sec
  • Jacques Esclassan @ 29sec

GC after Stage 15:

  • Luis Ocaña: 92hr 47min 34sec
  • Vicent López-Carril @ 32min 3sec

Stage 16A: Wednesday, July 18, Fleurance - Bordeaux, 210 km

  • Walter Godefroot: 6hr 23min 50sec
  • Daniel Ducreux s.t.
  • Christian Blain s.t.
  • Charly Grosskost s.t.

GC after Stage 16A:

  • Luis Ocaña: 99hr 11min 24sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 33min 58sec

Stage 16B: Wednesday July 18, Bordeaux 12.4 km Individual Time Trial

  • Joaquim Agostinho: 16min 23sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 1sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 3sec
  • Luis Ocaña @ 12sec
  • José-Antonio Gonzalez-Linares @ 15sec
  • Jesus Manzaneque @ 17sec
  • Charly Grosskost @ 20sec
  • Pedro Torres @ 25sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 26sec

GC after Stage 16B:

  • Luis Ocaña: 99hr 27min 59sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 15min 21sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 15min 22sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 24min 48sec
  • Michel Périn @ 27min 50sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 29min 7sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 29min 7sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 32min 53sec
  • Joaquim Agostniho @ 34min 6sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 34min 22sec

Stage 17: Thursday, July 19, Sainte Foy la Grande - Brive la Gaillarde, 248 km

  • Claude Tollet: 6hr 34min 45sec
  • Rolland Berland s.t.
  • Barry Hoban @ 4min 27sec
  • Walter Godefroot s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  • Luis Ocaña: 106hr 7min 11sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 29min 27sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 34min 6sec

Stage 18: Friday, July 20, Brive la Gaillard - Puy de Dôme, 216.5 km

  • Luis Ocaña: 6hr 36min 21sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 4sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 20sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 34sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 53sec
  • Raymond Delisle @ 54sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 55sec
  • Francisco Galdos @ 1min 2sec
  • Pedro Torres @ 1min 19sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 1min 22sec

GC after Stage 18:

  • Luis Ocaña: 112hr 43min 32sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 15min 41sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 15min 56sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 25min 41sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 30min 55sec
  • Michel Périn @ 31min 11sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 34min 25sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 35min 1sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 35min 44sec

Stage 19: Saturday, July 21, Bourges - Versailles, 233.5 km

  • Barry Hoban: 6hr 59min 28sec
  • Van Vlerberghe s.t.
  • Gérard Besnard s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  • Luis Ocaña:119hr 43min 0sec

Stage 20A: Sunday, July 22, Versailles 16 km Individual Time Trial

  • Luis Ocaña: 20min 57sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 25sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 41sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 50sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 53sec
  • Charly Grosskost @ 56sec
  • Jesus Manzaneque @ 1min 5sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 1min 6sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 1min 15sec
  • Jean-Claude Genty @ 1min 18sec

GC after Stage 20A:

  • Luis Ocaña: 120hr 3min 57sec
  • Bernard Thévenet @ 16min 6sec
  • José-Manuel Fuente @ 17min 15sec
  • Joop Zoetemelk @ 26min 22sec
  • Lucien van Impe @ 30min 20sec
  • Herman Van Springel @ 32min 1sec
  • Michel Périn @ 33min 2sec
  • Joaquim Agostinho @ 35min 51sec
  • Vicente López-Carril @ 36min 18sec
  • Régis Ovion @ 36min 59sec

Stage 20B, final Stage: Sunday, July 22, Versailles - Paris, 89 km

  • Bernard Thévenet: 2hr 21min 37sec
  • Alfred Gaida s.t.

Complete Final 1973 Tour de France General Classification

Photos from the 1973 Tour de France:

Charly Grosskost alone and away on the col de la Schlucht. He was also first over the Grand Ballon and the Silberloch. He was caught and finished 104th.

Stage 8: Ocaña leads a stubborn Fuente who refuses to share the work.

Stage 13: Ocaña riding alone to win the stage in Luchon

Video of the 1973 Tour de France

Stage 3: Tuesday, July 3, Roubaix - Reims, 226 km. No sound.

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Does anyone remember the Reynolds 531 framed Gitanes from the late 70's to the (maybe) very early 1980's? They made a top of the line version that was all Campagnolo, and a lesser model that had a nice Japanese SR crankset that was a Campagnolo knockoff, Normandy hubs, Mafac centerpull brakes, Simplex derailuers, and a Stronglight HS and seatpost. Were these bicycles French threaded?  

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bicyclerepairman said: Does anyone remember the Reynolds 531 framed Gitanes from the late 70's to the (maybe) very early 1980's? They made a top of the line version that was all Campagnolo, and a lesser model that had a nice Japanese SR crankset that was a Campagnolo knockoff, Normandy hubs, Mafac centerpull brakes, Simplex derailuers, and a Stronglight HS and seatpost. Were these bicycles French threaded? Click to expand...

New to the site, so excuse the delay in responding. I still have my 40YO Gitane Tour de France and am starting to ride it more regularly than I have in years. Overall, the bike is still in pretty good condition, for something 40 years old. The Simplex rear broke many years ago, and I replaced both derailleurs with a Suntour set, and they've been good. One of the Suntour shifters' ratcheting mechanism broke about 10 years ago but I found a replacement on Ebay. I've always disliked the Mafac center-pull brakes and have been looking on Ebay recently to see if I can find a reasonably priced set of vintage Campy Record brakes to replace them with. I'm going to follow up on the earlier source in the thread for possible replacement stickers. Mine got so torn up I removed them years ago so now there's really no badging on the bike at all. Other than that, I'm not sure there's a lot I can do, given all the French threads, etc. Would love to have more gears, but I'm reluctant to start messing with the frame to widen the rear to accommodate a larger cassette. John M. Ashburn, VA  

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I had a 1974 Gitane Super Corsa, 531 DB with all Campy Record / Nuovo Record and, yes, Mafac centerpull brakes. What a wonderful bike, even if the paint was crap and the stickers cheap. Bought it new and would still have it today if someone hadn't stolen it. Thieves suck. I wonder if he even knew what he was taking.  

Anyone who has experience with these remember any tricks to removing the Normandy hub? I'm trying to repack bearings on mine and while I have the tool, there must be something I'm not remembering about how to remove that. Either that or age has welded it into place. John  

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Not sure what you are trying to remove. But if it's a Normandy Competition, then there is nothing to remove. The hub is one piece..no cap ala Campagnolo.  

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I purchased this Gitane Professional Tour De France (TDF) new in May 1973 (I still have the original receipt). It is in excellent condition--probably the best still in existence. These are a...

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Gitane Tour de France - Racing Team 1974

Completely original Gitane Tour de France from 1974. I really like the comfy ride of this blue french lady!

Frame: Reynolds 531 double butted

Fork/Headset: Reynolds 531 double butted

Crankset/Bottom Bracket: Sugino Mighty Drilled

Pedals: Lyotard

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain: Huret Challenger

Derailleurs/Shifters: Huret Challenger

Handlebars/Stem: Ruid / Belleri (Benotto Tape)

Saddle/Seatpost: Arius Gran Carrera Special / Robis Supervitus

Brakes: Mafac Racer Centre Pull

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire: Mavic Championat Du Monde Sur Route / Normandy Luxe Competition high flange

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire: Mavic Championat Du Monde Sur Route / Normandy Luxe Competition high flange

Accessories: Original Gitane pump

Added over 7 years ago by Muckgyver . Last updated about 7 years ago.

As of about 7 years ago, Muckgyver has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

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stop uploading. too many classic in your stable. can't deal with it.^^

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Muckgyver says:

Thats it for today. I recognize i'm a bit addicted to bikes of 1976 ;-)

Just to give you the chance to get prepared...I bought a nearly NOS Colnago Superissimo frame this week which i will build up in the next weeks ;-)

it's not like i don't like classic bikes myself but it's quite a pain in the ass and takes a lot of dedication to find missing parts. so i just admire them from afar. good luck with your colnago!

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  1. 1973 Tour de France

    The 1973 Tour de France was the 60th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It took place between 30 June and 22 July, with 20 stages covering a distance of 4,090 km (2,541 mi).

  2. 1973 Gitane Tour de France / uncataloged "Super TdF" version

    1973 Gitane Tour de France / uncataloged "Super TdF" version. Photos taken Fall 2005 - a subset of over 300 detail photographs documenting the process of stripping this bike to the bare bones in preparation for an eventual thorough refurbish / rebuild.

  3. Vintage Gitane Bikes: Ultimate Beginner's Guide

    The Gitane Tour De France was an updated model based on Jacques Anquetil's Tour de France winning bike from 1964. Although Anquetil's bike was Gitane branded, it was actually a hand-built frame by Bernard Carre, on which the Gitane Tour de France is based.

  4. Tour de France

    Gitane's most popular racing model of the early 1970's was the affordable "Tour de France". Made of Reynolds 531 tubing, Prugnat lugs, Vagner Fork Crowns, and Simplex dropouts, the workmanship was often sloppy. Although not too pretty to look at, it was not necessarily poorly made, just poorly finished.

  5. 1973 Gitane TdF restore--catalogue mistake

    I'm restoring my 1973 Gitane Tour de France (aka gyspy woman) to something close to original condition. I was researching to determine which decals to get from Cyclomondo when I cam across the 1970 catalogue.

  6. 1973 Tour de France

    1973 Tour de France Quick Facts: 4,140.4 km raced at an average speed of 33.918 km/hr. 132 starters and 87 classified finishers. After winning both the Vuelta and the Giro in 1973, Eddy Merckx chose not to defend his Tour title. His contract with sponsor Molteni called for his riding both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España (then held in ...

  7. 1973 Tour de France

    The 1973 Tour de France was the 60th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It took place between 30 June and 22 July, with 20 stages covering a distance of 4,090 km (2,541 mi).

  8. Geometry Details: Gitane Tour de France 1973

    1 sizes in our database. Hit compare to see this Gitane side-by-side with your bike.

  9. Tour de France 1973 Stage 20b results

    Luis Ocaña is the winner of Tour de France 1973, before Bernard Thévenet and José Manuel Fuente. Bernard Thévenet is the winner of the final stage.

  10. Gitane Tour de France used in 50 cm

    Buy a pre-owned Gitane Tour de France 1973 at buycycle - Striving to be the world's largest marketplace for used bikes. Up to 70% off.

  11. ~1970 Gitane Tour de France

    A Gitane TdF. It was dirty, but only a bit of light surface rust and some peely stickers. I looked these up and it seems they were solid entry-level racers of 531 steel in the early-70s and on. Nothing super special, but a solid bike. Mine looks like it's on the early end of things, based on pictures I've seen.

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    1973 Gitane Tour De France. This bike has been fitted with almost all French components besides the breaks and levers. Prefer local pick up. Listed below are the specs French Competition Stem. Ideale 2001 Saddle.

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    1973 Gitane Tour De France. "Club Green", Reynolds 531, 60cm c-c. Just completed "survivor" preservation and conditioning. Close to original other than an old Ideale saddle I like, tubular rims...

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    I have an eraly '70s Gitane TdF, and the paint is probably worse than yours! I'm going to leave it alone, if for no other reason to make the frame stand out against the bits and pieces I put on it. I have a pic of it in the Serial Number thread, but just the frame is there. I already have it built up somewhat.

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    New Listing 1971 Gitane Tour de France, Reynolds 531 62cm Frameset, Fresh Restoration-CLEAN

  17. 1970's Gitane threading...

    it isn't a big deal now that Velo-orange supplies high quality cartridge bottom brackets and headsets for French threaded bikes. I have a 1973 Gitane Tour de France and I'm delighted with the Velo-orange parts for it. I also got proper decals from velo mundo on ebay. My bike looks like new, but better.

  18. 1973 Gitane Professional TDF

    1973 Gitane Professional TDF. -. $1,000. (VC Highlands, NV 89521) I purchased this Gitane Professional Tour De France (TDF) new in May 1973 (I still have the original receipt). It is in excellent condition--probably the best still in existence. These are a legendary 10-speed bike.

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    Attached are photos of my circa 1972 GITANE "Tour De France" of which I am the original owner. I purchased the Bike while attending College in Richmond, VA. I bought it at a Dealership outside of D.C. The specifics...Condition: Excellent original, with much less than expected paint/decal issues. All components are original with the exception of ...

  20. gitaneusa.com :: View topic

    Here's a list of components and features used on Gitane Tour de France bikes with foil decals from the late 1960s until mid 1974: Frame: Reynolds 531 Tubing throughout, 1/2 chrome plated forks and rear stays. Brazed on willow leaf seat stay caps and a brazed on bridge for rear brake cable stop up to early 70s.

  21. Tour de France 1973 Stage 12a (ITT) results

    Luis Ocaña is the winner of Tour de France 1973 Stage 12a (ITT), before Raymond Poulidor and Joaquim Agostinho. Luis Ocaña was leader in GC.

  22. Gitane Tour de France

    Completely original Gitane Tour de France from 1974. I really like the comfy ride of this blue french lady!

  23. gitaneusa.com :: View topic

    Gitane produced Tour de France model bikes from at least the early 1960s until about 1977 then again in the early 1980s. In February of 1969 Mel Pinto Imports (MPI) introduced the Gitane bike we've come to identify as the classic Gitane Tour de France. This was the Mylar® foil decal era which lasted from 1968 until early 1974.