What a heavy mind game. Seems like Maertens chose to
help and be trustworthy. No good deed goes unpunished.
Long Beach, CA
> I am just writing what I have read in interviews
> with Maertens. In Les Woodlands book "Cycling
> Heroes" he interviews Maertens and Maertens says
> that when he got up to Merckx he offered to work
> with Eddy and let him have the win, Eddy supposedly
> said "I don't know if I can trust you" and stopped
> riding. Then the other 2 caught up to them and we
> know what heppened next. Maertens also said that he
> should have won anyway but Gimondi switched him at
> the last second and he didn't launch a protest
> because "we mustn't upset our Italian friends".
> I have never personally interviewed Merckx ot
> Maertens so this is all second hand, to quote
> another famous American "all I know is what I read
> in the papers" (Will Rogers for those of you who
> don't remember).
> Brian (there's no hills in Ontario so what's with
> the 10 speed cassettes) Booth
> Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
> Hi Brian,
> This is taken from your letter to CyclingNews:
> "First, Maertens did not bring Gimondi and Ocana
> across, Maertens bridged across on his own and
> to work with Merckx and let him take the win, Eddy
> refused and immediately stopped riding..."
> My questions:
> How did Merckx refuse? Are you saying that Maertens
> knew he was on his own by Eddy's refusal? If Merckx
> stopped riding, why did Maertens try to lead him
> Derek Willburn
> Long Beach, CA
> --- BJay Booth <email@example.com> wrote:
> > To try to understand what happened between Merckx
> > and Maertens I have read several books on Merckx,
> > well as Freddy Maertens book "Fall from Grace" as
> > well as watched the video of the finish of 1973
> > Worlds a hundred times, and I sent a letter with
> > opinions on this incident to Cyclingnews.com that
> > was published and can be read at this link.
> > Brian (still freezing to death in the Great
> > North) Booth
> > Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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