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...
Eddy Merckx 'wouldn't have had a problem' with Cavendish beating his Tour de France stage victory record
Eddy Merckx has said he "wouldn't have had a problem with it if Mark Cavendish had beaten [his] record" for the most stage wins at the Tour de France. The 2021 Tour was a magical one for Cavendish. Back with Deceuninck - Quick-Step and with the best lead-out man in the world, Michael Mørkøv, he was almost unstoppable in the sprints.
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.
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.
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.
Eddy Merckx has said that he doesn't believe Remco Evenepoel should not be riding the road race at the World Championships if Wout van Aert is the sole team leader, as he "mainly rides for himself." The Belgian legend has been critical of the home team selection for the men's...
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.
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.
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.
Mark Cavendish won stage 13 of this year’s Tour de France to equal Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins. Here, the PA news agency assesses how Cavendish compares to to the great Belgian. Stage wins. Merckx’s record of 34 had stood since 1975, when he claimed his last two...
Eddy Merckx has told La Gazzetta dello Sport he will congratulate Mark Cavendish if he equals or beats his Tour de France stage win record. But true to his ever competitive cannibal nature, Merckx was quick to highlight that he won stages on every terrain, won the Tour de France five times and lead the race for 96 days during his incredible career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eddy Merckx has praised Mathieu van der Poel for his riding at the 2021 Tour de France but wasn't quite so complementary when it came to his subsequent exit from the race. Van der Poel lit up the opening days, winning stage 2 at Mûr-de-Bretagne to take the yellow jersey, which he relinquished after the first day in the Alps.
Eddy Merckx has suggested that Remco Evenepoel “will have to improve in many areas to win a Grand Tour" after the prodigious young Belgian lost 24 minutes on the stage to Cortina d’Ampezzo and any chance of a good overall performance in the 2021 Giro d’Italia. Merckx - considered the...