About Eddy Merckx

'What the ideal pro cyclist looks like? Take the legs of Eddy Merckx, the head of Eddy Merckx, the muscles of Eddy Merckx, the heart of Eddy Merckx and the winning mentality of Eddy Merckx.'
Jacques Anquetil; former French cycling champion.

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The winner

'My winning record looks like a small grocery list compared to the massive novel of Eddy. No one will ever equal his record.’
Sir Bradley Wiggins; 2012 Tour de France winner.

No wonder he is considered ‘the best cyclist ever’. His impressive record, with 525 victories, will probably never be equalled. Merckx has achieved almost everything in his career.

Choosing his best performances is therefore not an easy task. Five-time winner of the Tour de France as well as Giro d’Italia’s and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Two victories in the Tour of Flanders and three in Paris-Roubaix. World Champion in ‘67, ‘71 and ‘74. The Belgian tricolour in ‘70. And you don’t forget about the World Hour Record that he’s held for 12 years. Add 500 more victories to the list above and you have a scope on the career of The Cannibal.

The teammate

‘I have to give Merckx a compliment. He took good care of his teammates.’ Dutch rider Jan Janssen - 1968 Tour de France winner.

Eddy Merckx was strongly supported by his teammates and vice versa. His former teammates are still full of praise for their ‘patron’ (boss). To this day, Eddy Merckx rides every Sunday with his ex-teammates. That says a lot!

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The person

‘When I think about Merckx, only one word crosses my mind: fair. I have never known a person or a cyclist who was that fair. For Eddy, a word is a word.’
Walter Godefroot aka ‘the Flemish bulldog’ - Eddy's competitor and friend both , during and after their professional cycling careers

Eddy is unique in his performances. Nobody ever achieved what he has. But that never changed his personality. Eddy is Eddy. Even his biggest competitors admire him for his sympathy.

The mechanic

‘Eddy noticed everything. For instance, if you've changed your bike position by 2 millimeters. He made his teammates regularly change their position. You had to be quite confident to ignore his advice.’
'The late Jos Huysmans - teammate, sports director, Eddy Merckx bikes employee and friend

In 1978, Eddy ended his career as a professional cyclist. Until then, his life was all about cycling. As a rider, he was always obsessed with the best position, geometry and latest bike developments and materials.

Two years later, on March 28, 1980, Eddy Merckx started his race bike factory in Meise, Belgium. It was prompted by the encouragement of Ugo De Rosa, one of the sponsors of Merckx’s Molteni team.

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