Alpe d'Huez wrote:Thanks apmfbs for an awesome thread, and website.
To me the 1975 Tour had some of the best lore to it. I recall seeing a newspaper photo of Merckx, after the stage where the spectator had punched him in the gut. The photo was black and white and Eddy was lying on his back, I believe in a hotel room, with his arm over his eyes, completely exhausted. That one picture was worth more than a thousand words, and I'd love to see it again if you (or anyone else) can dig it up.
First of all, thanks for the commentaries to you and Fauniera.
Here you have my two articles about Pra Loup 1975, with some photographs, included ( I think, the one you want)http://cyclinghistorybyfbs.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/pra-loup-75-el-fin-de-una-era.htmlhttp://cyclinghistorybyfbs.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/pra-loup-75-el-fin-de-una-era-2-parte.html
This is the photo you want I think
There are photos of Merckx crying in a hotel, but those photographs are of the Giro 1969, when he was expulsed for doping while being leader: