Eddy Merckx

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Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (Dutch: [mɛrks], French: [mɛʁks]; born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is the most successful rider in the history of competitive cycling. His victories include an unequalled eleven Grand Tours (five Tours of France, five Tours of Italy, and a Tour of Spain), all five Monuments, three World Championships, former hour record holder, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, and extensive victories on the track. Born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium, he grew up in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where his parents ran a grocery store. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eddy Merckx has received more than 1,451,262 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Eddy Merckx is the most popular cyclist, the 34th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 21st in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Cyclist.

Eddy Merckx is most famous for being the first person to win the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in the same year, which he accomplished five times. He also won the Tour de France five times and the Giro d'Italia three times.

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Among cyclists, Eddy Merckx ranks 1 out of 1,212After him are Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Gino Bartali, Maurice Garin, Tom Simpson, Bernard Hinault, Raymond Poulidor, Miguel Induráin, Lance Armstrong, Rik Van Looy, and Federico Bahamontes.

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Among people born in 1945, Eddy Merckx ranks 13Before him are Vince McMahon, Aung San Suu Kyi, Tom Selleck, Eric Clapton, Helen Mirren, and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Jupp Heynckes, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Wim Wenders, Ritchie Blackmore, Patrick Modiano, and Daniel Ortega.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Eddy Merckx ranks 34 out of 899Before him are Jacques Brel (1929), Baudouin of Belgium (1930), Hergé (1907), Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564), Victor Horta (1861), and Django Reinhardt (1910). After him are Eleanor of Austria (1498), César Franck (1822), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), William III of the Netherlands (1817), Simon Stevin (1548), and Pepin of Herstal (635).

Among CYCLISTS In Belgium

Among cyclists born in Belgium, Eddy Merckx ranks 1After him are Rik Van Looy (1933), Philippe Thys (1889), Roger De Vlaeminck (1947), Rik Van Steenbergen (1924), Firmin Lambot (1886), Lucien Van Impe (1946), Stan Ockers (1920), Patrick Sercu (1944), Odile Defraye (1888), Walter Godefroot (1943), and Lucien Buysse (1892).