Historic Overview Eddy Merckx

Rider

Overall Rank1
NameEddy MERCKX
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth17-Jun-1945 - Meensel Kiezegem (Brabant)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Eddy Merckx

Édouard Louis Joseph, baron Merckx (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛrks]; born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is widely seen as the most successful rider in the history of competitive cycling. His victories include an unequalled eleven Grand Tours (five Tours of France, five Tours of Italy, and a Tour of Spain), all of the five Monuments, three World Championships, the hour record, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, and extensive victories on the track.

Born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium, he grew up in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where his parents ran a grocery store. He played several sports, but found his true passion in cycling. Merckx got his first bicycle at the age of three or four and competed in his first race in 1961. His first victory came at Petit-Enghien in October 1961.

After winning eighty races as an amateur racer, he turned professional on 29 April 1965 when he signed with Solo–Superia. His first major victory came in the Milan–San Remo a year later, after switching to Peugeot–BP–Michelin. After the 1967 season, Merckx moved to Faema, and won the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour victory. Four times between 1970 and 1974, Merckx completed a Grand Tour double. His final double also coincided with winning the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships to make him the first rider to accomplish cycling's Triple Crown. Merckx broke the hour record in October 1972, extending the record by almost 800 meters.

He acquired the nickname "The Cannibal" after a teammate told his daughter of how Merckx would not let anyone else win, and the daughter referred to him as a cannibal. Merckx achieved 525 victories over his eighteen-year career. He is one of only three riders to have won all five 'Monuments' (Milan–San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia). The other two are fellow Belgians Roger De Vlaeminck and Rik Van Looy. Merckx was successful on the road and also on the track, as well as in the large stage races and one-day races. He is widely thought to be the greatest and most successful rider in the history of cycling. However, Merckx was caught in three separate doping incidents during his career.

Since Merckx's retirement from the sport on 18 May 1978, he has remained active in the cycling world. He began his own bicycle chain, Eddy Merckx Cycles, in 1980 and its bicycles were used by several professional teams in the 1980s and 1990s. Merckx coached the Belgian national cycling team for eleven years, stopping in 1996. In 2001, he played a large role in getting the Tour of Qatar organized to start in 2002. He co-owns the tour and also the Tour of Oman, both of which he still organizes. He is ranked as the all-time number 1 cyclist according to CyclingRanking.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Omloop Het Volk 1971, 1973
Amstel Gold Race 1973, 1975
Paris - Roubaix 1968, 1970, 1973
Ronde van Vlaanderen 1969, 1975
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
La Flèche Wallonne 1967, 1970, 1972
Gent - Wevelgem 1967, 1970, 1973
Tre Valli Varesine 1968
Tour de France 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
Giro d'Italia 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974
Giro del Piemonte 1972
Vuelta a España 1973
Giro di Lombardia 1971, 1972
Milano - Sanremo 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976
Paris - Bruxelles 1973
World Championships Road Race 1967, 1971, 1974
Giro dell'Emilia 1972
Super Prestige "Pernod" 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Tour de Romandie 1968
Rund um den Henninger Turm 1971
Tour de France - stages 1969 (6), 1970 (8), 1971 (4), 1972 (6), 1974 (8), 1975 (2)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1967 (2), 1968 (3), 1969 (4), 1970 (3), 1972 (4), 1973 (6), 1974 (2)
Vuelta a España - stages 1973 (6)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1968 (1), 1975 (2), 1976 (1)

Seasons

Eddy Merckx - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1965 Solo - Superia 268 168
2. 1966 Peugeot 1993 11
3. 1967 Peugeot - BP - Michelin 3739 2
4. 1968 Faema 3919 1
5. 1969 Faema 5773 1
6. 1970 Faemino - Faema 7075 1
7. 1971 Molteni 6146 1
8. 1972 Molteni 7209 1
9. 1973 Molteni 6120 1
10. 1974 Molteni 6086 1
11. 1975 Molteni 5802 1
12. 1976 Molteni - Campagnolo 2732 6
13. 1977 Fiat 2408 6
14. 1978 C&A 10 475
Overall: 59280 1