In 1968, Eddy Merckx moved to the Italian Faema team from the Peugeot team and it payed dividends.
Merckx praised riding in Italy, saying it was due to better structure, organisation and medical supervision. And, his domination really started with a huge win in the 1968 Paris-Roubaix. He would be the first Belgium rider to win the 1968 Giro d'Italia.
Wearing the World Champion rainbow jersey, Merckx was unstoppable. Unlucky Herman Van Springel was the only rider to challenge Merckx, losing in the final sprint.