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Stage 8: Trilogy, Eddy Merckx, 1971

The trouble with Merckx is that there are so many deeds to choose from. The pick for many is 1969 and his Tour de France début, specifically the stage that tackled the “Circle of Death” in the Pyrenees—Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, and Col d’Aubisque. Merckx attacked over the top of the Tourmalet, then rode alone for 140 km—about 87 miles—to win in Mourenx. That performance prompted the Tour director, Jacques Goddet, to coin a new word, Merckxissimo.

Eddy Merckx and The Last Race of the Cannibal

Eddy Merckx in tears from the book Merckx 525

The photo on page 215 of Merckx 525 is among the most telling in this amazing tome. The setting is the 1977 Tour de France, a race the great Eddy Merckx did not win. Not even close.

Eddy Merckx, Doping, and the Savona Bomb

Eddy Merckx nears the end of his bike racing career Merckx 525

“I went completely to pieces,” declares Merckx.

Eddy Merckx, Out of the Saddle

Eddy Merckx and his wife Claudine at the airport from the book Merckx 525

Some of Merckx 525's best material are the lifestyle shots both before and after Merckx found fame.

Eddy Merckx Takes on the World Hour Record

M525 Merckx world hour record 1972 Mexico

Merckx reflected on his sixty-minute ride. “Never before had I had such pain,” he said. “And I have never felt such pain again.”

The Conquests of Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil from the book Merckx 525

“Cannibal” is not a nickname that conjures images of grace and respect. Yet when the young Eddy Merckx began to discover his greatness, he did so with dignity.

Young Eddy Merckx and His Early Race Wins

preview of page from Merckx 525 book

Except in the earliest years of his career, Merckx knew he would be the winner more often than not.

Praise for Merckx 525

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Praise for Merckx 525

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