The Cannibal takes over

Stage 14 Revel – Ax-3-Domaines
The reign of Eddy Merckx began in 1969 with the Belgian thrashing the opposition at his first Tour attempt, taking six stages along the way, including the time trial in Revel.

From the drubbing handed to his rivals in the opening week on the Ballon d’Alsace to the astonishing 130km solo break started on the Tourmalet and finished in Mourenx, the great Merckx was in complete control. A glittering Tour palmares started here, on stage six to Belfort, as Phil Liggett explains.


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