Merckx, Eddy

Merckx, Eddy

▪ Belgian cyclist
in full  Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx, Baron Merckx 
born June 17, 1945, Meensel-Kiez, Belg.

      Belgian champion bicycle racer, arguably the greatest professional rider ever. In a professional career stretching from 1965 to 1978, he recorded 445 victories in 1,585 races. During his peak years (1969–75), he won some 35 percent of the races he entered. Because the focus of the sport has become specialized since Merckx's era—the stars of one-day classics do not usually shine in multiday stage races, and vice versa—nobody is likely to approach his total wins. He was nicknamed “the Cannibal” for his voracious appetite for victories.

      Merckx won the men's amateur division of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships, also known as the World Cycling Championships, in 1964. With 80 wins as an amateur, he turned professional the next year and won the open (professional) division of the UCI Road World Championships in 1967, 1971, and 1974. He was highly successful in the three great stage races, winning the Vuelta a España (1973), the Giro d'Italia (1968, 1970, 1972–74), and the Tour de France (1969–72, 1974). He also won lesser stage races such as the Tour of Switzerland, the Dauphiné-Libéré, and Paris-Nice.

      Merckx was a strong climber, winning the polka-dot jersey of the Tour de France's “King of the Mountains” in 1969 and 1970, and a formidable time trialist, breaking the world record for distance covered in a one-hour ride in 1972. Moreover, Merckx set a record for the most days as leader of the Giro (72) and of the Tour de France (96).

      Merckx also excelled in the great one-day classics, winning Milan-San Remo (1966–67, 1969, 1971–72, 1975–76), Paris-Roubaix (1968, 1970, 1973), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1969, 1971–73, 1975), the Tour of Flanders (1969, 1975), the Amstel Gold Race (1973, 1975), and the Tour of Lombardy (1971–72).

      After retiring as a racer in 1978, Merckx opened a bicycle factory near Brussels that designs and supplies custom bicycles, including those for several professional teams.

Samuel Abt
 

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Universalium. 2010.

См. также в других словарях:

  • Merckx,Eddy — Merckx (mĕrks), Eddy. Born 1945. Belgian cyclist. He is one of four people to have won the Tour de France five times (1969 1972, 1974). * * * …   Universalium

  • Merckx, Eddy — ► (n. 1945) Ciclista belga. Vencedor del Tour de Francia (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 y 1974) y del Giro de talia (1968, 1970, 1972, 1973 y 1974). Fue campeón del mundo en 1967, 1971 y 1974, y ganador del Tour de Francia en 1969 72 y 1974 …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Merckx — Merckx, Eddy …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Eddy Merckx (Métro De Bruxelles) — 50°49′0″N 4°16′49″E / 50.81667, 4.28028 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eddy Merckx (metro de Bruxelles) — Eddy Merckx (métro de Bruxelles) 50°49′0″N 4°16′49″E / 50.81667, 4.28028 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eddy merckx (métro de bruxelles) — 50°49′0″N 4°16′49″E / 50.81667, 4.28028 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eddy Merckx — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Eddy Merckx Información personal Fecha de nacimiento 17 de junio de 1945 País …   Wikipedia Español

  • Eddy Merckx (Billard) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Eddy Merckx et Merckx. Eddy Merckx est un joueur belge de billard carambole né le 4 septembre 1968. Palmarès Champion de Belgique 3 Bandes en 2004 Champion de France 3 Bandes par équipe (St Maur) en 2005 Champion …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eddy merckx (billard) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Eddy Merckx et Merckx. Eddy Merckx est un joueur belge de billard carambole né le 4 septembre 1968. Palmarès Champion de Belgique 3 Bandes en 2004 Champion de France 3 Bandes par équipe (St Maur) en 2005 Champion …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Merckx — ist der Familienname von Axel Merckx (* 1972), belgischer Radrennfahrer, Sohn von Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx (* 1945), belgischer Radrennfahrer Eddy Merckx (Carambolagespieler) (*1968), belgischer Carambolagebillardspieler Siehe auch Merx …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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