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Eddy Merckx: Tadej Pogacar is a Campionissimo

Eddy Merckx watched Tadej Pogačar dominate Strade Bianche at his home in Belgium, the sport’s greatest ever rider watching a fine young cannibal dominate just as he did in the 1960s and early 70s. Comparisons and debate about who is the sport’s greatest ever rider come often and...
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'He turned pro too early': Eddy Merckx just can't stop commenting on Evenepoel

Eddy Merckx has, once again, voiced his criticisms of Remco Evenepoel, this time saying "I admire his character, but he turned pro too early." Evenepoel turned professional back in 2019 at the age of 18 with Deceuninck - Quick-Step and has already racked up an impressive 21 victories during his three years at WorldTour level.
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Eddy Merckx: I’m a big fan of Remco, let that be clear

Eddy Merckx has looked to end his public fallout with Remco Evenepoel by insisting he is a fan of the young Belgian, describing him as having a serious 'engine'. Evenepoel has often been described as the next Merckx since winning the junior time trial and road race titles in 2018, sparking hype and hope in Belgium that he can be as successful as the Cannibal in the late 60s and 70s.
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'I think he can do better than me': Eddy Merckx heaps praise on Tadej Pogačar

Eddy Merckx has said that he believes Tadej Pogačar "can do better than me" as the Slovenian superstar dominates the peloton. Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has been called the new Merckx already, much like a number of riders who do consistently well, such as Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), but Merckx has had his say.
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Wout van Aert: I'm just a little cyclist compared with Eddy Merckx

The final stage of the Tour de France ended at 7:20 p.m. local time and Wout van Aert's flight to Tokyo was due to depart at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night. He had hoped to spend a couple of quiet hours with his wife and young son before travelling onwards to the Olympic Games, but victory in the bunch sprint on the Champs-Élysées meant that his time was suddenly limited.
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Eddy Merckx is an inspiration and my idol - but more than that he is a friend

I don’t come from a cycling family. Whereas someone like Bradley Wiggins was a keen student of the sport from a young age (Brad’s dad had been a rider and he grew up reading cycling magazines and idolising Flemish greats like Freddy Maertens or Johan Museeuw) I didn’t know anything about them.
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Mark Cavendish: I don't think I can ever be compared with the great Eddy Merckx

In October 2016, Mark Cavendish sat down in a hotel lobby in Doha and admitted that he had few worlds left to conquer. The previous afternoon he had narrowly missed out on a second world title on the road, bringing the curtain down on a remarkable campaign that yielded the yellow jersey and four stages at the Tour de France, as well as a long-awaited Olympic medal.
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Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx record for most Tour de France stage wins

Mark Cavendish matched the Tour de France stage wins record as he collected the 34th of his career in Carcassonne. Cavendish moved level with Eddy Merckx as he took victory ahead of his own lead-out man Michael Morkov, with Jasper Philipsen third at the end of the 220km stage 13 from Nimes, giving Cavendish his fourth win of this year’s Tour.
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Mark Cavendish matches record of Eddy Merckx with 34 Tour de France stage wins

Mark Cavendish matched the record of the great Eddy Merckx as he won his 34th Tour de France stage in Carcassonne. Continuing a remarkable sporting comeback, a rider who feared his career was over in the winter won his fourth stage of this year’s Tour, writing his name ever further into the race’s history books as he matched a tally which had felt out of reach during the struggles of recent years.
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Eddy Merckx criticises Mathieu van der Poel's decision to quit Tour de France

Eddy Merckx has expressed his disappointment at Mathieu van der Poel quitting the Tour de France, saying that the Dutchman should not have done so. Van der Poel won stage two of this year’s race and wore the yellow jersey for six days before abandoning on the morning of stage nine, citing the need to recover and prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games where he will try and win gold in the mountain bike event.
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Mark Cavendish wins stage 10 of Tour de France to move within a stage of Eddy Merckx record

Mark Cavendish wins stage 10 of the Tour de France after a controlled performance. Cavendish now has three wins from this year's Tour and could break the all-time record. Mark Cavendish is writing his own story at this Tour de France and it seems he can even control the weather now. Barely half an hour after he won the 33rd Tour stage of his career in Valence, finishing off a quite brilliant leadout from his Deceuninck-QuickStep team to win stage 10 and move to within one of Eddy Merckx’s all-time record, the heavens opened.
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