On the heels of the Amateur World Championship photos from our revered Werner Möller, here are stunning photos of the Pro World Championship 1975 in Yvoir, Belgium. Werner tells us that he has three great memories of the event. First, the fantastic Belgian supporters. Their energy was palpable. Second, after falling during the race and losing time, the completely pumped out Eddy Merckx when he reached the peloton again using his teammate Bruyere to catapult to the finish line. Hennie Kuiper won the race that day, with Roger De Vlaeminck getting the silver. But the greatest thing was this: on the eve of the event, it was a wonderfully fresh asphalt road to the finish line. Rain fell during the night, and all the people came across the fields to the route. The road was totally dirty. When it dried, it was a grueling ride against the elements in a cloud of dust. We hope these photos help recapture this amazing race. Enjoy!
Werner Möller, cycling photographer great, shares the next in his Union Preis series from 1975. In these impeccable photos include so many greats, such as the winner that year Rik Van Linden. Also including Didi Thurau, Peter Post, Hennie Kuiper and, of course, Eddy Merckx.
It was a pivotal time in cycling history with Merckx having just lost his first Tour de France (VIEW VIDEO HERE) and his grip of dominance on cycling with only the 1976 Milan-San Remo being his greatest win thereafter.
Hennie Kuiper’s win weeks after the 1975 World Championships was that he beat Merckx and De Vlaeminck on their home territory (VIEW VIDEO HERE), much to the satisfaction of Hennie’s coach Jan Janssen, who had lost to Merckx 10 years prior.
Werner Möller, cycling photographer, surprises us again with stunning black and white photos in the Union Preis series. This time, for the race in 1973, we see the greats at their personal best. We see Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Herman Van Springel, Marino Basso, Benoni Beheyt, Karl-Heinz Kunde, Wilfred Peffgen, Piet de Wit, Rik Van Linden, Hennie Kuiper, Gerben Karstens, Joseph Bruyère, Georges Pintens and Freddy Maertens. These stunning photos are a testament to the history of a great era in cycling. Thanks Werner!
Born on May 19, 1940, Jan Janssen was an accomplished rider in the Grand Tours and one-day classics. Janssen won the Tour de France in 1968 in front of Herman Van Springel and Ferdinand Bracke of Belgium.
Janssen was also 2nd to Lucien Aimar of France in the 1966 Tour de France.
Janssen won the Tour de France Points Jersey three times, in 1964, 1965, and 1967.
Janssen’s sole victory in the Tour was as follows: Going into the final stage of the 1968 Tour de France, Janssen was behind the race leader, Herman Van Springel, by 16 seconds. The last stage was a 34 mile (55 km) individual time trial.
Van Springel was an accomplished time trialist compared to Janssen who was more of an all-rounder, a sprinter, who had won the Points Jersey on three separate occasions in the Tour de France.
Janssen rode the race of his life. He not only won the time trial, but won the overall race by 38 seconds over a demoralized Van Springel.
That year, Janssen became the first Dutchman to win the Tour. He also won the Tour while not wearing the leader’s jersey anytime during the race except after the final stage.
In other Grand Tour events, Janssen won the Vuelta a Espana in 1967 over Jean-Pierre Ducasse of France and Aurelio Gonzales of Spain.
Janssen also won the Points Jersey twice in the Vuelta a Espana in 1967 and 1968.
In one-day events, Janssen won the World Championship Road Race in 1964 over Vittorio Adorni of Italy and Raymond Poulidor of France. Janssen also was 2nd in 1967 to Eddy Merckx of Belgium.
Janssen won the Paris-Roubaix Classic in 1967 in front of Rik Van Looy of Belgium and Rudi Altig of Germany.
Janssen was also 2nd in the 1966 Paris-Roubaix behind Felice Gimondi of Italy, and was 3rd in the 1963 race behind Emile Daems and Rik Van Looy of Belgium.
In addition, Janssen won the Championship of Zurich in 1962.
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