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1973 Tour de France

1973 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 30 June –22 July 1973
Stages 20+Prologue, including six split stages
Distance 4,140 km (2,572 mi)
Winning time 122h 25' 34" (33.918 km/h or 21.076 mph)
Winner  Luis Ocaña (Spain) (Bic)
Second  Bernard Thévenet (France) (Peugeot–BP)
Third  José-Manuel Fuente (Spain) (Kas)

Points  Herman Van Springel (Belgium) (Rokado)
Mountains  Pedro Torres (Spain) (La Casera – Bahamontes)
Combination  Joop Zoetemelk (Netherlands) (Gitane–Frigecreme)
Sprints  Marc Demeyer (Belgium) (Carpenter–Shimano–Flandria)
Team Bic
Team Points Gan–Mercier

The 1973 Tour de France was the 60th Tour de France, taking place June 30 to July 22, 1973. It consisted of 20 stages over 4140.4 km, ridden at an average speed of 33.918 km/h.[1] Eddy Merckx, winner of the previous four editions, did not start the 1973 Tour, partly to avoid angry French fans and partly to please his sponsor; instead he rode and won the 1973 Vuelta a España and the 1973 Giro d'Italia. In his absence, Luis Ocaña dominated the race, winning with a margin of more than 15 minutes.

In 1973, a new team classification was added: the team points classification, calculated by adding the three best stage rankings per team; it would be calculated until 1988.


  • Changes from the 1972 Tour de France 1
  • Participants 2
  • Race details 3
  • Doping cases 4
  • Stages 5
  • Classification leadership 6
  • Final results 7
    • General classification 7.1
    • Points classification 7.2
    • Mountains classification 7.3
    • Team classification 7.4
    • Combination classification 7.5
    • Intermediate sprints classification 7.6
    • Other classifications 7.7
  • References 8

Changes from the 1972 Tour de France

After the 1972 Tour de France, there were rumours that the 1973 Tour de France would become easier, to suit French cyclist

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The combativity award was given to Luis Ocana.[1]

Other classifications

Combination classification

Final combination classification (1–5)[17]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Gitane 20
2  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Sonolor 26
3  Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot 33
4  Herman Van Springel (BEL) Rokado 50
5  Fernando Mendes (POR) Flandria 55

Intermediate sprints classification

Final intermediate sprints classification (1–5)[17]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Marc Demeyer (BEL) Flandria 105
2  Barry Hoban (GBR) Gan 70
3  Willy Teirlinck (BEL) Sonolor 60
4  Raymond Riotte (FRA) Sonolor 28
5  Robert Mintkiewicz (FRA) Sonolor 16

Team classification

Final team classification[17]
Rank Team Time
1 Bic 369h 31' 55"
2 Peugeot +20' 23"
3 Kas +20' 42"
4 Mercier +23' 04"
5 Rokado +1h 40' 42"
6 Sonolor +1h 45' 56"
7 Gitane +1h 58' 57"
8 La Casera +2h 01' 50"
9 Flandria +2h 09' 21"
10 Lejeune +3h 09' 21"
11 Gazelle +3h 09' 21"

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–10)[3][17]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Pedro Torres (ESP) La Casera 225
2  José-Manuel Fuente (ESP) Kas 216
3  Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic 192
4  Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot 119
5  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Sonolor 107
6  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Gitane 83
7  Vicente López Carril (ESP) Kas 80
8  Joaquim Agostinho (POR) Bic 46
9  Francisco Galdos (ESP) Kas 46
10  Mariano Martínez (FRA) Gan 38

Points classification

Final points classification (1–10)[3][17]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Herman Van Springel (BEL) Rokado 187
2  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Gitane 168
3  Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic 145
4  Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot 139
5  Walter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria 139
6  Barry Hoban (GBR) Gan 110
7  Gerard Vianen (NED) Gitane 110
8  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Sonolor 109
9  Mariano Martínez (FRA) Gan 89
10  Jacques Esclassan (FRA) Peugeot 89
Final general classification (1–10)[3]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic 122h 25' 34"
2  Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot +15' 51"
3  José-Manuel Fuente (ESP) Kas +17' 15"
4  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) Gitane +26' 22"
5  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Sonolor +30' 20"
6  Herman Van Springel (BEL) Rokado +32' 01"
7  Michel Périn (FRA) Gan +33' 02"
8  Joaquim Agostinho (POR) Bic +35' 51"
9  Vicente López Carril (ESP) Kas +36' 18"
10  Régis Ovion (FRA) Peugeot +36' 59"

General classification

Final results

Stage General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification Team classification
P  Joop Zoetemelk (NED)  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) no award GAN
1a  Willy Teirlinck (BEL)  Willy De Geest (BEL) Sonolor
1b  Herman Vanspringel (BEL)  Herman Vanspringel (BEL) Bic
2b  Frans Verbeeck (BEL)
3  José Catieau (FRA)  Cyrille Guimardl (FRA)  Willy De Geest (BEL)
4  Herman Vanspringel (BEL)
5  Charly Grosskost (FRA)
6  Pedro Torres (ESP)
7a  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
8  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
9  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
17  Pedro Torres (ESP)
Final  Luis Ocaña (ESP)  Herman Vanspringel (BEL)  Pedro Torres (ESP) Bic

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that lead this classification wore yellow caps.[16]

The fifth individual classification was the intermediate sprints classification. This classification had similar rules as the points classification, but only points were awarded on intermediate sprints. In 1973, this classification had no associated jersey.[15]

Another classification was the combination classification. This classification was calculated as a combination of the other classifications, its leader wore the white jersey.[14]

[13] There was also a

Additionally, there was a points classification, where cyclists got points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and was identified with a green jersey.[13]

There were several classifications in the 1973 Tour de France, three of them awarding jerseys to their leaders. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification is considered the winner of the Tour.[13]

Classification leadership

Stage results[3][12]
Stage Date Route Terrain Length Winner
P 30 June Scheveningen Individual time trial 7.1 km (4.4 mi)  Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
1A 1 July Scheveningen – Rotterdam Plain stage 84 km (52 mi)  Willy Teirlinck (BEL)
1B Rotterdam – Sint-Niklaas Plain stage 137.5 km (85.4 mi)  José Catieau (FRA)
2A 2 July Sint-Niklaas Team time trial 12.4 km (7.7 mi) Watney-Maes
2B Sint-Niklaas – Roubaix Plain stage 138 km (86 mi)  Eddy Verstraeten (BEL)
3 3 July Roubaix – Reims Plain stage 226 km (140 mi)  Cyrille Guimard (FRA)
4 4 July Reims – Nancy Plain stage 214 km (133 mi)  Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
5 5 July Nancy – Mulhouse Stage with mountain(s) 188 km (117 mi)  Walter Godefroot (BEL)
6 6 July Mulhouse – Divonne-les-Bains Stage with mountain(s) 244.5 km (151.9 mi)  Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
7A 8 July Divonne les Bains – Gaillard Stage with mountain(s) 86.5 km (53.7 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
7B Gaillard – Méribel Stage with mountain(s) 150.5 km (93.5 mi)  Bernard Thévenet (FRA)
8 9 July MoutiersLes Orres Stage with mountain(s) 237.5 km (147.6 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
9 10 July EmbrunNice Stage with mountain(s) 234.5 km (145.7 mi)  Vicente López Carril (ESP)
10 11 July Nice – Aubagne Stage with mountain(s) 222.5 km (138.3 mi)  Michael Wright (GBR)
11 12 July MontpellierArgelès-sur-Mer Plain stage 238 km (148 mi)  Barry Hoban (GBR)
12A 13 July PerpignanThuir Individual time trial 28.3 km (17.6 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
12B Thuir – Pyrénées 2000 Stage with mountain(s) 76 km (47 mi)  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
13 15 July Bourg-MadameLuchon Stage with mountain(s) 235 km (146 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
14 16 July Luchon – Pau Stage with mountain(s) 227.5 km (141.4 mi)  Pedro Torres (ESP)
15 17 July Pau – Fleurance Plain stage 137 km (85 mi)  Wilfried David (BEL)
16A 18 July Fleurance – Bordeaux Plain stage 210 km (130 mi)  Walter Godefroot (BEL)
16B Bordeaux – Lac Individual time trial 12.4 km (7.7 mi)  Joaquim Agostinho (POR)
17 19 July Sainte-Foy-la-GrandeBrive-la-Gaillarde Plain stage 248 km (154 mi)  Claude Tollet (FRA)
18 20 July Brive – Puy de Dôme Stage with mountain(s) 216.5 km (134.5 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
19 21 July BourgesVersailles Plain stage 233.5 km (145.1 mi)  Barry Hoban (GBR)
20A 22 July Versailles Individual time trial 16 km (9.9 mi)  Luis Ocaña (ESP)
20B Versailles – Paris Plain stage 89 km (55 mi)  Bernard Thévenet (FRA)
A man with the text
Joop Zoetemelk, the winner of the prologue.

The 1973 Tour de France started on 30 June, and had two rest days, in Divonne-les-Bains and Pyrénées 2000.[11]


All three received a fine of 1000 Swiss Francs, one-month suspension and ten minutes penalty time in the general classification.

Three cyclists tested positive during the 1973 Tour de France:

Doping cases

In the time trial in stage 17, Fuente lost his second place in the general classification to Thevenet. Fuente tried to take it back in the mountain stage 18, but he failed and even lost some time.[4]

In the sixteenth stage, the cyclists were slower than expected, and finished one hour after the latest time schedule. The train that they should have taken had already left, and they had to use buses.[4]

In the thirteenth stage, Poulidor crashed, and was taken away with a helicopter.[4]

In the eighth stage, Ocana and Fuente both attacked. Ocana and Fuente did not like each other, and when Fuente stopped working, Ocana was angry, especially when Fuente passed him just before the top of the Izoard to steal the points for the mountain classification. When Fuente had a flat tire, Ocana did not wait for him, and left him behind, beating him by one minute at the finish line. All the others were far behind: Thevenet and Martinez followed after seven minutes, the other pre-race favourites after twenty minutes.[4][7]

In stage 7, when the first mountains were climbed, Ocana attacked, and only Zoetemelk could follow. A few kilometers from the summit, Zoetemelk had to let Ocana go, and Ocana finished solo. Ocana became the new race leader, almost three minutes ahead of Zoetemelk.[4]

In the third stage, a group with Guimard and Ocana escaped. Van Springel, Zoetemelk, Fuentes, Thevenet and Poulidor were not in that group, and had to chase them. The group stayed away, Guimard won the sprint and Catieau became the race leader. More important for the final result was that Ocana won more than two minutes on Zoetemelk, and more than seven minutes on Fuente.[4][6]

Zoetemelk won the opening prologue, one second ahead of Poulidor. In the first part of the next stage, Teirlinck won and took over the lead. Ocana and Herman Van Springel fell down when a dog crossed the road, but both suffered no serious damage.[4] In the second part of that stage, Van Springel bridged the gap to Catieau, who had escaped. Van Springel did all the work to stay away, while Catieau did not help his team captain's rival. They stayed away until the end of the stage, where Catieau won the sprint, and Van Springel became the new race leader.[4]

Race details

The Tour started with the following 12 teams, each with 11 cyclists:[3]

The Italian teams did not join the 1973 Tour de France, because no top French cyclist joined the 1973 Giro d'Italia. This meant that world champion Marino Basso and former Tour winner Felice Gimondi were absent.[5]

The winner of the previous four editions, Eddy Merckx had changed sponsors to the Italian Molteni. His contract said that he had to start in the 1973 Vuelta a España and the 1973 Giro d'Italia, and Merckx thought it was impossible to start in three grand tours in one year, so he stayed away from the Tour. Ocana, who was in great shape, was now the main favourite, with Fuente, Poulidor and Thevenet as his biggest threats.[3] Ocana was not the clear favorite; he had already crashed out of the Tour three times, and he was seen as fragile.[4] Zoetemelk had changed teams, because he did not have the full support of his team leader.[4]



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