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Born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium
Birth NameEdouard Louis Joseph Merckx
Nickname The Cannibal
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer. Eddy Merckx is the undisputed greatest cyclist of all time. He was 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 of eleven Grand Tour victories - a record that still stands today. 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dibyayan Chakravorty

Spouse (1)

? (? - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (11)

His son, Axel Merckx, is also a cyclist currently on the competitive circuit.
Belgian cyclist known for his aggressive riding. One of only five riders to have won the Tour de France five times. The others are Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Induráin and Lance Armstrong.
Has won all three of the major Tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España).
In 1996 he was awarded the title of Baron, which lasts a lifetime but cannot be inherited.
Set the hour record in Mexico City in October 1972.
Granddaughter Alexia Merck, daughter of his son Axel Merckx
Has 5 grandchildren
Granddaughter Axana Merckx, daughter of his son Axel Merckx
Has a son and a daughter
Granddaugther Athina Grace, born June 29, 2005. She is the second daughter of his son Axel Merckx.
Granddaughter Axana Taylor, born May 5, 2001. She is the oldest daughter of his son Axel Merckx.

Personal Quotes (2)

You can't win the Tour de France just drinking water.
When the road rises you can't hide.

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