Thevenet making his move with 100km to go. Taking the race to Merckx in Montreal the French came with a strong contingent. They were probably quite comfortable in this French quarter of the America's. He was eventually caught with 7km to go by a group that simply rode away from the bunch. They were Eddy Merckx, Herman Van Springel, Raymond Poulidor, Giacinto Santambrogio, and Mariano Martinez
Merckx breaking away shortly after catching Thevenet on the last climb. The eternal second and the man the French loved and Antequil loathed was the only one able to stay with him. As an added note he was 38 in 1974 so well into his golden years but managed to hang on for another 2nd place.