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“Merckx 525″, the first Eddy Merckx authorized biography, has been published. 
The announcement from the publisher:

Boulder, CO, USA – October 10, 2012 – VeloPress, the leading publisher of books for cyclists, is pleased to announce the publication of Merckx 525, the first biography authorized by Eddy Merckx himself and the first he says is a truly complete record of his career.

Revealing a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe, Merckx 525 is an all-encompassing celebration of the unmatchable career of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century.

This spectacular coffee table book is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Preview Merckx 525 at www.velopress.com/merckx.

Known as “the Cannibal” for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage. Merckx 525 presents newly restored photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives, shedding new light on this awe-inspiring athlete’s career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars.

With authoritative text and keepsake craftsmanship, Merckx 525 digs deeper than any book before to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling’s incomparable Eddy Merckx.

“Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me.and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments.” – Eddy Merckx

Merckx 525
Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren, Jan Maes, Frederik Backelandt
Hardcover with 126 full-color photographs throughout.
13 ¼” x 9 ½”, 224 pp., $60.00, 978-1-934030-89-9

7x Milan-San Remo | 5x Liège-Bastogne-Liège | 3x Ghent-Wevelgem | 3x Paris-Roubaix | 3x Flèche Wallonne | 3x Paris-Nice | 2x Amstel Gold Race | 2x Omloop Het Volk | 2x Tour of Lombardy | 2x Tour of Flanders | 2x Tour of Belgium | 1x Dauphiné Libéré | 1x Midi Libre | 1x Grand Prix Frankfurt | 1x Paris-Brussels | 1x Scheldeprijs | 1x Tour de Suisse | 1x Tour de Romandie | 1x World Amateur Road Champion | 3x World Professional Road Champion | 1x Belgian Road Champion | 5x Tour de France | 5x Giro d’Italia | 1x Vuelta a España | 7x Super Prestige Pernod International | World Hour Record

“Merckx 525″, the first Eddy Merckx authorized biography, has been published. 
The announcement from the publisher:

Boulder, CO, USA – October 10, 2012 – VeloPress, the leading publisher of books for cyclists, is pleased to announce the publication of Merckx 525, the first biography authorized by Eddy Merckx himself and the first he says is a truly complete record of his career.

Revealing a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe, Merckx 525 is an all-encompassing celebration of the unmatchable career of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century.

This spectacular coffee table book is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Preview Merckx 525 at www.velopress.com/merckx.

Known as “the Cannibal” for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage. Merckx 525 presents newly restored photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives, shedding new light on this awe-inspiring athlete’s career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars.

With authoritative text and keepsake craftsmanship, Merckx 525 digs deeper than any book before to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling’s incomparable Eddy Merckx.

“Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me.and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments.” – Eddy Merckx

Merckx 525
Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren, Jan Maes, Frederik Backelandt
Hardcover with 126 full-color photographs throughout.
13 ¼” x 9 ½”, 224 pp., $60.00, 978-1-934030-89-9

7x Milan-San Remo | 5x Liège-Bastogne-Liège | 3x Ghent-Wevelgem | 3x Paris-Roubaix | 3x Flèche Wallonne | 3x Paris-Nice | 2x Amstel Gold Race | 2x Omloop Het Volk | 2x Tour of Lombardy | 2x Tour of Flanders | 2x Tour of Belgium | 1x Dauphiné Libéré | 1x Midi Libre | 1x Grand Prix Frankfurt | 1x Paris-Brussels | 1x Scheldeprijs | 1x Tour de Suisse | 1x Tour de Romandie | 1x World Amateur Road Champion | 3x World Professional Road Champion | 1x Belgian Road Champion | 5x Tour de France | 5x Giro d’Italia | 1x Vuelta a España | 7x Super Prestige Pernod International | World Hour Record




Milan, March 15, 2012 – The Belgian champion Eddy Merckx is the first rider to be inducted into the newly formed Giro d’Italia “Hall of Fame”. The inauguration was held this afternoon at the Sala Montanelli in via Solferino in Milano. The Hall of Fame of the Giro d’Italia is a “first” in international cycling, designed to give tribute to the great champions who have entered into the history of the Corsa Rosa.

Eddy Merckx, the “Cannibal”, was presented with the Trofeo Senza Fine (Trophy Without End) for 1974 which is when Merckx won his last of five 5 Giros.

Eddy Merckx won his first Giro at 22 years of age, in 1973 he was the pink jersey from start to finish, wore the Maglia Rosa for a total of 78 days, and he won 25 stages in total.

Attending the induction ceremony were some of the Italian cycling greats and some that shared Merckx’s exploits: Alfredo Martini, Fiorenzo Magni, Ernesto Colnago, Gianni Motta, Italo Zilioli, Giorgio Albani, Marino Vigna, David Boifava, Ugo De Rosa and Mario Molteni (son of the famous sponsor of Merckx).

“To be the first to enter into this Hall of Fame is a great honor for me. Italy is my second home, here I feel as loved as I do at home in Belgium,”said Merckx. “The victory on the Tre cime di Lavaredo of the 1968 Giro was undoubtedly the day where I was strongest in the mountains in all of my career.”

“Italian cycling is very important for me: I learned a lot from Adorni, my friendship with Magni took me to Italy, then I met Colnago, then De Rosa taught me how to make bicycles, with Motta I had some good battles, and my friend always….Zilioli.”

The first Italian race in which Merckx took part was the 1966 Milan-Sanremo which he won. For Saturday’s Milan-Sanremo Merckx obeserved, “There are so many riders in good form: Nibali, Cancellara, and Freire who could win his fourth. If Cavendish doesn’t get dropped on the the Poggio I think it’s really hard to beat him. Among the Belgians, I think that Boonen is the best bet, I think Gilbert is not going so well. Nibali has great qualities, however, he must learn to ride more with his head. If he’s riding well I think can make a difference on the Poggio.”




Milan, March 15, 2012 – The Belgian champion Eddy Merckx is the first rider to be inducted into the newly formed Giro d’Italia “Hall of Fame”. The inauguration was held this afternoon at the Sala Montanelli in via Solferino in Milano. The Hall of Fame of the Giro d’Italia is a “first” in international cycling, designed to give tribute to the great champions who have entered into the history of the Corsa Rosa.

Eddy Merckx, the “Cannibal”, was presented with the Trofeo Senza Fine (Trophy Without End) for 1974 which is when Merckx won his last of five 5 Giros.

Eddy Merckx won his first Giro at 22 years of age, in 1973 he was the pink jersey from start to finish, wore the Maglia Rosa for a total of 78 days, and he won 25 stages in total.

Attending the induction ceremony were some of the Italian cycling greats and some that shared Merckx’s exploits: Alfredo Martini, Fiorenzo Magni, Ernesto Colnago, Gianni Motta, Italo Zilioli, Giorgio Albani, Marino Vigna, David Boifava, Ugo De Rosa and Mario Molteni (son of the famous sponsor of Merckx).

“To be the first to enter into this Hall of Fame is a great honor for me. Italy is my second home, here I feel as loved as I do at home in Belgium,”said Merckx. “The victory on the Tre cime di Lavaredo of the 1968 Giro was undoubtedly the day where I was strongest in the mountains in all of my career.”

“Italian cycling is very important for me: I learned a lot from Adorni, my friendship with Magni took me to Italy, then I met Colnago, then De Rosa taught me how to make bicycles, with Motta I had some good battles, and my friend always….Zilioli.”

The first Italian race in which Merckx took part was the 1966 Milan-Sanremo which he won. For Saturday’s Milan-Sanremo Merckx obeserved, “There are so many riders in good form: Nibali, Cancellara, and Freire who could win his fourth. If Cavendish doesn’t get dropped on the the Poggio I think it’s really hard to beat him. Among the Belgians, I think that Boonen is the best bet, I think Gilbert is not going so well. Nibali has great qualities, however, he must learn to ride more with his head. If he’s riding well I think can make a difference on the Poggio.”

Eddy Merckx was awarded the Legion of Honour grade “Commandeur de la Legion d’honneur” today by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential Elysee palace in Paris.

“It’s a considerable honor,” said Merckx, who was initially made Chevalier at the start of the 1975 Tour de France.

The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France. There are five levels: grand croix (grand cross), grand officier (grand officer), commandeur (commander), officier (officer) and chevalier (knight).

Merckx won the Tour de France five times, the Giro d’Italia five times, the Vuelta a España once, won all the monuments* of cycling at least twice, with 19 monument victories in all, won the world championship once as an amateur and three times as a professional, and broke the world hour record.

*the five monuments of cycling:
Milan–San Remo (Italy)
Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
Paris–Roubaix (France)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
Giro di Lombardia (Italy)

Congratulations Eddy!

Photo: Eric Feferberg (AP)

Eddy Merckx was awarded the Legion of Honour grade “Commandeur de la Legion d’honneur” today by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential Elysee palace in Paris.

“It’s a considerable honor,” said Merckx, who was initially made Chevalier at the start of the 1975 Tour de France.

The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France. There are five levels: grand croix (grand cross), grand officier (grand officer), commandeur (commander), officier (officer) and chevalier (knight).

Merckx won the Tour de France five times, the Giro d’Italia five times, the Vuelta a España once, won all the monuments* of cycling at least twice, with 19 monument victories in all, won the world championship once as an amateur and three times as a professional, and broke the world hour record.

*the five monuments of cycling:
Milan–San Remo (Italy)
Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
Paris–Roubaix (France)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
Giro di Lombardia (Italy)

Congratulations Eddy!

Photo: Eric Feferberg (AP)