Paris, 18 July 1976. A Belgian Tour de France winner! Lucien Van Impe is still the last Belgian to climb the highest step on the podium in the Champs Elysées. 1976 was the year when Eddy Merckx was absent from the race for the first time, but Van Impe, the 'Little fellow from Mere', failed to clinch the final victory. He fought several legendary duels with Joop Zoetemelk, heading towards Alpe d'Huez and Puy de Dôme, for example. Zoetemelk won the stage three times, but during the queen's stage to Pla d'Adet, the Belgian pulled out all the stops to pave the way for his final victory.