Merckx 525

Hardcover | October 1, 2012

byFrederik Backelandt, Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren

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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.

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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 ...

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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 m...

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).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.75 × 13.75 × 1.2 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Velo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1934030899

ISBN - 13:9781934030899

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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