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Eddy Merckx Photo Gallery

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Eddy Merckx (Born June 17, 1945) was the greatest cyclist in the history of the sport. Scroll down this page to see that his list of victories is without equal.

He was a complete rider: able to time trial, climb, race across cobbles and win track races. Combine that talent with an extraordinary passion for victory and you have a rider who contested more than 1,800 road races and won 525 of them. Only he (1974) and Stephen Roche (1987) have won the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and World Road Championship in the same year. His 34 Tour de France stage wins is the career record as are his 96 days in yellow. Of course, only Merckx could be on the cover of the second volume of our Tour de France history (see right).

Major victories:

Summary of the big stuff:
World Hour Record in 1972
5 Tour de France
5 Giro d'Italia
1 Vuelta a España
7 Milano-San Remo
3 Pro World Road Champion
28 Classic victories

1964: Amateur World Road Championship
1966: Milano-San Remo, Trofeo Baracchi
1967: World Road Championship, Milano-San Remo, Le Flèche Wallonne, Gent-Wevelgem, Trofeo Baracchi
1968: Giro d'Italia (GC, KOM, points and 4 stages), Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Romandie, Tre Valli Varesine, Volta a Catalunya, Giro di Sargegna
1969: Tour de France (GC, points, 6 stages), Milano-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paris-Nice
1970: Giro d'Italia with 3 stage victories, Tour de France (GC, KOM, 8 stages), Paris-Roubaix, La Flèche Wallonne, Gent-Wevelgem, Paris-Nice, Tour of Belgium, Critérium de As, Belgium Road Championship
1971: Tour de France (GC, points, 4 stages), World Road Championship, Milano-San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Rund um den Henninger Turm, Het Volk, Paris-Nice, Dauphiné Libéré, Midi Libre, Tour of Belgium, Giro di Lombardia.
1972: Giro d'Italia with 3 stage victories, Tour de France (GC, points, 6 stages), Milano-San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Flèche Wallone, Giro del Piemonte, Trofeo Baracchi, Giro di Lombardia
1973: Giro d'Italia (GC, points, 6 stages), Vuelta a España (GC, points, 6 stages), Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold, Het Volk, Gent Wevelgem, Paris-Brussels, Giro di Sardegna
1974: Giro d'Italia with 2 stage wins, Tour de France with 8 stages, World Road Championship, Tour de Suisse, Critérium de As
1975: Milano-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold, Catalan Week, Giro di Sardegna
1976: Milano-San Remo, Catalan Week
1977: Tour Méditerranéen

Professional Career: 1965 - 1978

Professional Teams:

1965: Solo-Superia
1966 - 1967: Peugeot-BP
1968 - 1969: Faema
1970: Faemino
1971 - 1976: Molteni
1977: Fiat
1978: C & A

Photos:

Merckx wins stage 2 of the 1968 Giro d'Italia

Merckx wins stage 2 of the 1968 Giro d'Italia in Novara

Eddy Merckx in the 1968 Giro d'Italia

Merckx in the 1968 Giro d'Italia

Eddy Merckx in the 1968 Giro d'Italia

Meckx time trialing to San Marino in stage 16 of the 1968 Giro d'Italia.

Eddy Merckx in 1968

Merckx at the 1968 GP Castrocaro Terme

Eddy Merckx in the 1968 GP Castrocaro Terme

Another shot of Merckx at the 1968 GP Castrocaro Terme

Eddy Mercix in the 1969 Giro

Merckx in stage 15 of the 1969 Giro d'Italia

Eddy MErckx in the 1969 Giro d'Italia

Another shot of Merckx time trialing in stage 15 of the 1969 Giro d'Italia

Eddy MErckx in the 1969 Tour de France

1969 Tour de France, Stage 1A: Merckx on the Muur de Grammont

Eddy Merckx in the 1969 Tour de France

1969 Tour de France, Stage 16: Merckx escapes on the Portillon.

Merckx and Franco Bitossi after stge 2 of the 1970 Giro

Franco Bitossi in pink with Eddy Merckx after stage 2 of the 1970 Giro.

Franco Bitossi and Eddy MErckx early in the 1970 Giro

Eddy Merckx with maglia rosa Franco Bitossi early in the 1970 Giro d'Italia.

Merckx winning stage 9 of the 1970 Giro

Merckx on his way to winning the stage 6 individual time trial (Bassano del Grappa -Treviso, 56 km) in the 1970 Giro d'Italia.

Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi in the 1970 Giro

Felice Gimondi leads Merckx in stage 18 of the 1970 Giro d'Italia

Eddy Merckx in stage 19 of the 1970 Giro

Merckx rides to Dobbiaco in stage 19 of the 1970 Giro d'Italia

Mrs. and Mr. Merckx

Mr. and Mrs. Merckx celebrate his victory in the 1970 Giro d'Italia.

Eddy Merckx in the 1970 Tour de France

1970 Tour de France, stage 6 (Belfort - Divone Les Bains): Merckx leads Roger de Vlaeminck on the pavé.

Eddy Merckx in the 1970 Tour de France

1970 Tour de France, stage 10: Eddy Merckx leads Georges Pintens, Joop Zoetemelk and Guerrino Tosello (hidden).

Eddy Merckx in the 1970 Tour de France

1970 Tour de France, stage 12: Merckx crests the Cucheron.

Merckx in 1970

Merckx in 1970

Molteni team in the 1971 Tour de France

Merckx pulling the Molteni team on its way to winning the prologue team time trial in the 1971 Tour de France.

Eddy Merckx beats Roger de Vlaeminck in the 1971 Tour de France

1971 Tour de France, stage 2: Eddy Merckx beats Roger de Vlaeminck

Eddy Merckx in the 1971 Tour de France

Merckx in the 1971 Tour de France, stage 13.

Eddy Merckx in 1971

Merckx in 1971

Eddy MErckx and Franco Bitossi in the 1971 Milano 6-day.

Franco Bitossi and Eddy Merckx in the 1971 Milano 6-Day

Merckx in the 1972 Giro d'Italia

Merckx in the 1972 Giro d'Italia

Eddy Merckx leads in stage 16 of the 1972 Giro

Merckx leads in stage 16 to Livigno in the 1972 Giro

Merckx on the Stelvio in the 1972 Giro

1972 Giro d'Italia, stage 17: Merckx in difficulty on the Passo dello Stelvio

Eddy Merckx on the stelvio in the 1972 Giro

Another shot of Merckx climbing the Stelvio in stage 17 of the 1972 Giro

Eddy Merckx n the 1972 Tour de France

1972 Tour de France, stage 4: at the front from the left, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Thévenet and Walter Godefroot

Merckx in the 1973 Giro d'Italia

Merckx in pink in the 1973 Giro d'Italia

Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi

Merckx and Felice Gimondi at the start of the 1973 Circuito di Santamonica

Merckx wins stage 21 of the 1974 Giro

1974 Giro d'Italia, stage 21: Eddy Merckx wins in Bassano del Grappa in front of Francesco Moser and Felice Gimondi.

Eddy Merckx in the 1974 Tour de France

1974 Tour de France, stage 18: Merckx ascends the Tourmalet

Eddy Merckx and Frans Verbeeck

Eddy Merckx and Frans Verbeeck in the 1975 Ronde van Vlaanderen. Merckx won.

Eddy Merckx in 1975

Merckx in 1975

Eddy Merckx rides the 1975 Tour de France prologue

1975 Tour de France: Merckx rides the prologue time trial.

Merckx begons a stage in the 1976 Giro

Merckx begins a mountain stage in the 1976 Giro d'Italia

Michele Dancelli and Eddy Merckx

Michele Dancelli and Eddy Merckx on the evening before the 2004 Granfondo Gimondi. Valeria Paoletti photo.

Eddy Merckx at the 2011 Tour de France

Stage 18 of the 2011 Tour de France: Bernard Thévenet, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Tour boss Christian Prudhomme at the Coppi-Bobet monument on the Col d'Izoard.

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