Edouard Louis Joseph Baron Merckx was born on the 17th of June 1945, in Vlaams Brabant, Belgium. He was more commonly known as Eddy Merckx.
Eddy Merckx was a former Belgian professional cyclist. He was quoted to be the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known by Vélo, a French Magazine. VeloNews, an American publication, called him the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. He was a five time winner in the Tour de France and won all the classics, except Paris Tours. He also won the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, has won the world championship as an amateur and a professional. He broke the world hour record and won on the road and on the track.
Major wins:Tour de France, 5 overall, 34 stage wins• KoM classification (1969, 1970)• Points classification (1969, 1971, 1972)• Combativity award (1969, 1970, 1974)
Giro d’Italia, 5 overall, 24 stage wins• KoM classification (1968)• Points classification (1968, 1973)
Vuelta a España, 1 overall, 6 stage wins• Points classification (1973)• Combined classification (1973)
• 1967 Heerlen - Professional road race - Gold • 1971 Mendrisio - Professional road race - Gold • 1974 Montréal - Professional road race - Gold
Merckx married Claudine Acou, a 21-year old teacher and a daughter of a trainer of the national amateur team in December 1967. They were married at the town hall in Anderlecht, a suburb in Brussels. He had an esophagus operation in May 2004 to cure stomach ache which he was suffering when he was still young. He had lost almost 30kg and began to take up recreational cycling again.