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.

Etape

Richard Moore

Etape by Richard Moore

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In Etape, award-winning sportswriter Richard Moore weaves together the greatest stages of the modern Tour de France.

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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

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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

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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

Merckx 525

Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren, Jan Maes, Frederik Backelandt

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Merckx 525 celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the most dominant athlete of the 20th century.

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Team 7-Eleven (paperback)

Geoff Drake with Jim Ochowicz

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Team 7-Eleven is the extraordinary story of how two Olympic speed skaters, Jim Ochowicz and Eric Heiden, assembled one of the greatest cycling teams ever.

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The Horton Collection

The Horton Collection is one of the world’s finest collections of cycling memorabilia.

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Owen Mulholland

Owen Mulholland has been cycling’s scribe and storyteller for more than thirty years.

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John Wilcockson

John Wilcockson

John Wilcockson has reported the Tour de France for more than forty years.

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Italian Racing Bicycles

Guido P. Rubino

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Italian Racing Bicycles traces the rich history of 40 landmark brands intimately connected with racing.

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Team 7-Eleven (hardcover)

Geoff Drake with Jim Ochowicz

T711 Team 7-Eleven book cover (hardcover)

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Team 7-Eleven is the extraordinary story of how two Olympic speed skaters, Jim Ochowicz and Eric Heiden, assembled one of the greatest cycling teams ever.

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The Tour Is Won on the Alpe

Jean-Paul Vespini

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Cycling historian Jean-Paul Vespini tells the story of this celebrated climb and the mountain that so often acts as the ultimate arbiter for cycling's biggest prize.

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Cycling’s Golden Age

Owen Mulholland with artifacts from The Horton Collection

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Cycling's Golden Age takes us inside the world's largest collection of cycling memorabilia with an intimate look at one of the sport's most memorable eras, 1946–1967.

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