Merckx 525

by Frederik Backelandt, Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren

Velo Press | October 1, 2012 | Hardcover

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Merckx 525celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist ever and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century. Known as "the Cannibal" for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage.

Merckx 525is the first book authorized by Eddy Merckx and the only book he says offers a truly complete record of his bike-racing career.

"Merckx 525is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments." -Eddy Merckx

Presenting a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe,Merckx 525is an all-encompassing embrace of Merckx's career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to mud-splotched, hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars. Revealing photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives,Merckx 525sheds new light on the greatest cyclist of all time.

With authoritative text and keepsake production values,Merckx 525digs deep to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling's incomparable Eddy Merckx.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.75 × 13.75 × 1.2 in

Published: October 1, 2012

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1934030899

ISBN - 13: 9781934030899

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Merckx 525

by Frederik Backelandt, Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.75 × 13.75 × 1.2 in

Published: October 1, 2012

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1934030899

ISBN - 13: 9781934030899

About the Book

Eddy Merckx is revered as cycling's living deity. He gobbled up a record 525 race wins during his fearsome 14-year professional career. This book celebrates this awe-inspiring man through a new collection of previously unpublished photographs, showing his transformation.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eddy Merckx Introduction: A Phenomenon Edouard's first | 1961: Novice race Petit-Enghien The first achievement | 1964: Amateur World Championship, Sallanches More than a show-off | 1966: Milan-San Remo A jet and a rainbow | 1967: World Championship, Heerlen The yeti and the trident | 1968: Tre Cime di Lavaredo The end of an era | 1969: Mountain time trial, Paris-Nice One-man show | 1969: Tour of Flanders The shadow of the master | 1969: Liège-Bastogne-Liège The Savona bomb | 1969: Giro d'Italia Sturm und Drang | 1969: Tour de France, Luchon-Mourenx-Ville-Nouvelle Never the same as before? | 1969: The fall in Blois From another planet | 1970: Paris-Roubaix Death rides along | 1970: Tour de France, Gap-Mont Ventoux Nothing is as it used to be | 1971: Tour de France: The duel with Ocaña Cut to the quick | 1971: World Championship, Mendrisio A victory from fear | 1971: Tour of Lombardy 49.431 km | 1972: World hour record, Mexico City The atypical Merckx | 1973: Vuelta a España The fight with Maertens | 1973: World Championship, Montjuich The empty line | 1973: Paris-Tours No abdication | 1974: World Championship, Montreal A slap in the face from Thévenet | 1975: Tour de France Number seven | 1976: Milan-San Remo Self-castigation | 1977: Tour de France, Chamonix-L'Alpe d'Huez The last jersey number | 1978: Tour of Waasland Colophon

From the Publisher

Merckx 525celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist ever and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century. Known as "the Cannibal" for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage.

Merckx 525is the first book authorized by Eddy Merckx and the only book he says offers a truly complete record of his bike-racing career.

"Merckx 525is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments." -Eddy Merckx

Presenting a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe,Merckx 525is an all-encompassing embrace of Merckx's career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to mud-splotched, hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars. Revealing photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives,Merckx 525sheds new light on the greatest cyclist of all time.

With authoritative text and keepsake production values,Merckx 525digs deep to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling's incomparable Eddy Merckx.

From the Jacket

MERCKX 525A unique celebration of cycling''s greatest rider.Exclusive photographs from newly discovered archives.MERCKX 525is a long journey through my career of 525 race victories. In addition to its authoritative text, this beautiful work contains a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me on the occasion of my 65th birthday, and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments. -Eddy Merckx525 VICTORIES7x Milan-San Remo5x Liège-Bastogne-Liège3x Ghent-Wevelgem3x Paris-Roubaix3x Flèche Wallonne3x Paris-Nice2x Amstel Gold Race2x Omloop Het Volk2x Tour of Lombardy2x Tour of Flanders2x Tour of Belgium1x Dauphiné Libéré1x Midi Libre1x Grand Prix Frankfurt1x Paris-Brussels1x Scheldeprijs1x Tour de Suisse1x Tour de Romandie1x World Amateur Road Champion3x World Professional Road Champion1x Belgian Road Champion5x Tour de France5x Giro d''Italia1x Vuelta a España7x Super Prestige Pernod InternationalWorld Hour Record

About the Author

Frederik Backelandt is the Editor in Chief ofGrinta!magazine in Ghent, Belgium. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to the cycling magazinesProcycling(UK),Fiets(Belgium), andSportmagazine(Belgium).

Editorial Reviews

“ Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments.” — Eddy Merckx “A luxurious photo-biography of cycling’s greatest champion…Full of evidence of the Cannibal’s insatiable appetite for victory.” — Wall Street Journal “As a memento to a career we won’t see again, Merckx 525 is worth every stinkin’ penny… The real joy of this book was a chance to feast on images from the early part of Merckx’ career…Arranged chronologically, one can imagine the book as the ultimate family photo album of the star-shined favorite son.” — Red Kite Prayer “Sumptuous, luxurious, and magnificent…A triumph. Each of its 221 pages simply scream out loud to satisfy the senses…Modern cycle sport is particularly well-served by some excellent photographers, but the imagery contained within Merckx 525 is exemplary.” — The Washing Machine Post “One of the most beautiful coffee table books (cycling or not) to come around in a very, very long time…The images are incredibly compelling, layered and sometimes hauntingly quiet.” — Peloton “What makes Merckx 525 so special is the trove of photographs that document that awesome number. Many of the photos were unknown to Merckx before the project was
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