Eddy Merckx


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Noun1.Eddy Merckx - Belgian racing cyclist who won the Tour de France five times (born in 1945)
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He won the 1965 Tour de France as a 22-year-old neo-pro, won the Giro d'Italia three times in 1965, 1967 and then in 1976, defeating Eddy Merckx at 34 and winning the penultimate stage in Bergamo, and also won the 1968 Vuelta a Espana.
"Felice was one of the greatest champions to win great tours, a world championship and important classics while contesting, he alone, Eddy Merckx," FCI president Renato Di Rocco said.
Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome are the other six riders to have won all three Grand Tours.
To make it doubly sweet, it happened in Brussels, the home city of five-times Tour champion Eddy Merckx who presented him with the maillot jaune on the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the unmistakable sporting garment.
34: Stage wins by Eddy Merckx, the most in Tour history.
Froome (right) - whose only target for this season had been a record-equalling fifth maillot jaune to put him on the same level as Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain in peloton legend - will be out for the rest of 2019.
The 33-year-old has won 30 Tour de France stages, four behind the record held by Belgium's Eddy Merckx.
Answers: 1 Chepstow, 2 Shrewsbury, 3 Six, 4 Vancouver Whitecaps, 5 Eddy Merckx.
The decision should hand Froome the opportunity to emulate five-time Tour de France winners Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain when the 3,329km Tour kicks off in Noirmoutier-en-Ille on July 7.
Froome is the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the trio of titles simultaneously after Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later.
Froome's sixth Grand Tour title, following last year's fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory, sees him become the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the trio of titles - Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later the others to have achieved the feat.
Froome's sixth Grand Tour title, following last year's fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory, sees him become the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the Chris three titles simultaneously - Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later are the others.