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Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx was in many people's opinions the greatest bike rider in the history of the sport. He has one of the most complete and varied palmeres in the professional peloton.

Amongst his most notable victories were

Stage Races

5 Tour De France,

5 Giro d'Italia

1 Vuelta Espana

4 World Championships

Classic Races

3 Paris - Roubaix

7 Milan San Remo

5 Liege Bastogne Liege

2 Giro Lombardia

2 Tour of Flanders

Eddy Merckx also broke the world hour record in 1972 setting a mark of 49.431 at Mexico City. This mark wasn't beaten until Francisco Moser broke 50 Km in 1982. However Moser took the help of 2 disc wheels and controversial doctor Michele Ferrari. Merckx said because of the technology the 2 records were not comparable.

In the late 1990s the UCI decided to introduce an athlete's world hour record in which competitors had to use technology similar to Merckx's bike. Chris Boardman was the first to break Merckx standard in Oct 2000

Eddy Since retiring from the sport Eddy Merckx has established a bike manufacturing firm and continues to do some cycling commentary.


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