Eddy Merckx net worth [2022]: Interesting Facts, , Salary, Wife, Children, Height, Biography

Eddy Merckx net worth: $20 million

Net Worth:$20 Million
Date of Birth:Jun 17, 1945
Age:77 years
Height:6 ft (1.85 m)
Profession:Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Eddy Merckx net worth is around $20 million. Eddy Merckx is A Belgian professional cyclists, the one who is largely famous as the greatest cyclist of the era. 

Eddy Merckx net worth
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Eddy Merckx’s income source is mostly from being a successful professional road, track bicycle racer and now being the owner of a successful . 

His victories include a record eleven Grand Tours (five Tours of France, five Tours of Italy, and a Tour of Spain), all five Monuments, setting the hour record, three World Championships, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, and extensive victories on the track.

Eddy Merckx Biography:

Full nameÉdouard Louis Joseph Merckx
NicknameThe Cannibal
Born17 June 1945 (age 77)
Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb; 11 st 9 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad and track
Rider typeAll-rounder

Eddy Merckx was born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium in June 1945. Eddy got his first bicycle when was too young and slowly found interest and passion in cycling.

Eddy Merckx Biography
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Eddy won 80 races being an amateur and turned excellent at 19 years old.

Merckx first professional season, he won nine races. He shifted to Molteni in 1971 and won the Triple Crown in 1974. He set a new hour record and won six more Grand Tours during that time frame. He retired from the sport in 1978 and started his own bicycle chain called Eddy Merckx Cycles. Gentlemen has also worked as a television commentator on bicycle races, coached the Belgian national cycling team.

Eddy Merckx Cycling Career:

Although after facing 3 critical accidents, he was always strong enough to give a comeback. He won the Tour de France five times, Giro distalia five times, the Vuelta a Espana once and all the major classics at least twice finishing with 19 classic victories in total. Merckx the world champion not once but three times, broke the world hour record and showed his individuality like no one else has.

The winner of more than 500 major races, Merckx has too many records to named for himself. His 5 Tour de France wins were the most ever until Lance Armstrong won seven before his doping disqualifications. On 8 November 1973, it was announced that Merckx had tested positive for norephedrine after winning the Giro di Lombardi a a month earlier.

Eddy Merckx Cycling

 Upon learning of the first test being positive in later October, he had a counter-analysis performed which also turned up positive. The drug was present in a cough medicine that the Molteni doctor, Dr. Cavalli, prescribed to him.

Merckx was so dominant that by 1972, Merckx had deals with Gillette, Adidas and other big brands. He was such a sensation in the media that he was a millionaire making $400,000 a year by age 27.

Some of his main achievements were After the scandal at the previous year’s Giro distalia, Merckx was unwilling to return to the race in 1970. His entry to the race was contingent upon all doping controls being sent to a lab in Rome to be tested, rather than being tested at the finish like the year before.

Merckx was disqualified from the race and the victory was awarded to second-place finisher Gimondi. In addition, Merckx was given 1 month suspension and fined 150,000 lira. Merckx admitted his fault in taking the medicine but said that the name norephedrine was not on the bottle of cough of syrup he used.

Eddy Merckx fixing cycle

 He started the race and won the second stage, but four days later showed signs of weakness with his knee as he was dropped twice while in the mountains. However the next day, Merckx attacked on the final climb into the city of Benthonic to win the stage and take the lead. He won the stage nine individual time trial by almost two minutes over the second-place finisher, expanding his lead significantly. Merckx did not win another stage, but the expanded his lead a little more before the race’s conclusion.

The UCI Road World Championships were held in Barcelona, Spain in 1973 and contested on the Muntjac circuit. During the road race, Merckx attacked with around one hundred kilometres left.

Following the road race, Merckx won his first Paris–Brussels and Grand Prix des Nations. He won the both legs of À travers Lausanne, as well as the Giro di Lombardi a, but a doping positive disqualified him. He closed the season with over fifty victories to his credit.

Eddy Merckx profile
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Merckx has been regarded by many as the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. In 1971, Eddy raced 120 times and won 54 of the events, the most races any cyclist has won in a season. Merckx admits that he was the best of his generation, but insists it’s not practical to compare across generations.

He is one of the three riders to win all five ‘Monuments of Cycling’, the other two being Rik Van Loy and Roger De Vlaminck. He finished his career with nineteen victories across the monuments, more than any other rider and eight more than the rider with the second most.

His wonderful move was marked by Freddy Maertens, Gimondi, and Ocaña. Merckx attacked on the final lap, but was reeled in by the three riders. It came down to a sprint it between the four, of which Merckx came in last and Gimondi in first.

He won twenty-eight classic races, with Paris–Tours being the only race he did not win. The closest he came to victory in the race was sixth in the 1973 race. A lesser Belgian rider, Noël van Tighe, won Paris–Tours in 1972 and said: “Between us, I and Eddy Merckx have won every classic that can be won. I won Paris–Tours, Merckx won all the rest.”

There are many more achievement he has in his carrier which will be not enough to describe the gentleman.

On 13 October 2019, Merckx was hospitalised after a cycling accident, he suffered a haemorrhage and was unconscious for a while. Merckx was released a week later

Eddy Merckx Records:

  • Most career victories by a professional cyclist: 525.
  • Equal most stage victories in the Tour de France: 34 (shared with Mark Cavendish).[226]
  • Most stage victories in one Tour de France: 8, in 1970 and 1974 (shared with Charles Pélissier in 1930 and Freddy Maertens in 1976).
  • Most days with the yellow jersey in the Tour de France: 96.
  • The only cyclist to have won the general classification, points classification and mountains classification in the same Tour de France (1969).
  • Most days in the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia: 78.
  • Most victories in Classics: 28.
  • Most victories in one single classic: 7 (in Milan–San Remo).
  • Most victories in Grand Tours: 11.
  • Most victories in Monuments: 19.
  • Equal Triple Crown of Cycling: 1974 (shared with Stephen Roche in 1987)

Eddy Merckx Track

  • 17 six-day races.
  • 3× European championship (Omnium: 1975 Madison: 1969, 1977).[227]
  • 7× Belgian madison championship (with Patrick Sercu).

Eddy Merckx Wife:

Eddy Merckx officially began dating Claudine Acou in April 1965. Acou was a 21-year-old teacher and daughter of the trainer of the national amateur team. Merckx asked her father for permission to marry her between track races.

On 5 December 1967 Merckx married Acou after four years of courtship. Acou would often handle the press for her husband, who was shy.

Acou gave birth to their first child, Sabrina, on 14 February 1970.Merckx skipped a team training camp to be with his wife for Sabrina’s birth. Acou later gave birth to a son, Axel, who also became a professional cyclist.

Merckx was brought up speaking Flemish, but was taught French in school.

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