- Merckx really was pretty incredible - winning through brute strength because he could.
- Note how big the bike frames are compared to today's bikes, even today's conventional (non-compact) framesets.
- Note how they climb. With only a few gears by today's standards (probably 5 cog freewheels), they used a different technique to power up the hills at low cadence. Lots of upper body movement grinding away on those steep slopes.
- In contrast, note also how smooth and controlled they are on the flats, no hands, by the team car, etc.
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