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Eddy Merckx: Cycling

Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx (born June 17, 1945), popularly known as Eddy Merckx, is a former Belgian professional road and track bicycle racer. He was a professional cyclist from 1961 to 1978, riding for thirteen seasons. He is considered to be the most successful cyclists in history. Merckx was given the nickname “The Cannibal” for his insatiable appetite for victories. He won almost every important race, most of them more than once.  

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Eddy Merckx’s first major win was the 1966 Milan-San Remo when he was only 20 and his last victory was the same race but ten years later. He won a total of 525 victories including the Tour de France five times, the Giro d’Italia five times and the Vuelta an Espana once, a total of eleven Grand Tour victories. Merckx won nine races in his first season after switching to Peugeot-BP-Michelin for the 1966 and 1967 seasons. In 1972, he broke the world hour record in Mexico. The record was broken 12 years later by Francesco Moser.

Why Was He So Good?

Eddy Merckx had an appetite for racing and for winning. All cyclists look ferocious but he has the cannibal look when he races. Merckx was motivated not because of the money – it was an inner need to win and to win it in style. He was the type of person who wanted to win everything.

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