Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 107

Cyrille’s Heartbreak A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1972 1972 After Ocaña quit due to a lung infection, lady luck was on Merckx’s side again. In the mountains Cyrille Guimard was keen to give Merckx a run for his money and twice Merckx lost out on the Stage victory to Guimard by celebrating too early. The battle in the mountains proved too much for Guimard’s knees and heartbroken, he had to withdraw. Ever the nobleman Merckx handed the green jersey to a sobbing Guimard on the podium claiming it was rightfully his. Guimard would later become a team manager leading some of the greats to victory. Ocaña Battles Fate A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1973 1973 The question on everyone’s lips - would Luis Ocaña crash out again? “Ocaña, the tormented hero, damned by the Gods, victim of a crash on the Ballon d’Alsace in 1969, crucified by the storm on the Col de Mente in 1971 and again the victim of misfortune in the rain on the Soulor in 1972” reported L’Equipe. He had astonishing bad luck on the third stage. He crashed into a dog, sending him flying. But this time he was blessed with superficial injuries. He won the Tour. Finally. 107