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Eddy Merckx

Road Cyclist Eddy Merckx

Profession: Road Cyclist

Nationality:
Belgium
Belgian

Why Famous: Won the Tour de France between 1969 and 1972 and again in 74.

Also won the Giro d'Italia in 1968, 1970 and between 1972 and 1974.

Born: June 17, 1945
Birthplace: Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium
Age: 76 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 1969-07-20 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles
  • 1970-07-19 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories
  • 1971-07-18 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories
  • 1972-07-22 59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events
  • 1972-10-25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr
  • 1974-07-21 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories

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