Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal
by Daniel Friebe
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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“The point of an entire race is to find a winnerI chose to race, so I chose to winFor 14 years, between 1965 and 1978, Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx, a cyclist, simply devoured his rivals, their hopes and their careers.His legacy lies as much in the career he ruined as the 445 victories – including five Tour de France wins, and all the monument races – he amassed in his own rightThen dominant had Merckx become in 1973, he had been ordered to stay away from the Tower for the good of the eventStage 17 of 1969 Tour de France perfectly illustrates its untouchable brillianceAlready wearing the yellow jersey on the Col du Tourmalet, the most famous peaked Tower, Merckx fed clear and rolled the last 140 kilometers from the finish line in jaw drop, loneliness, eight minutes ahead of its nearest competitorMerckx era has been called the Golden Age of CyclingHe was full of unforgettable characters who, at any other time, became legendsYet Merckx is phenomenal career has eclipsed allHow had he achieved such incredible successAnd how his rivals really think of himMerckx failed drug tests three times in his career, have they really been sewing ups as he claimsAnd what about the accident at an athletics competition in Blois, France, which killed Merckx of the pacer Fernand Wambst, who claimed Merckx deeply psychologically and physically affectedOr the attack by a spectator in 1975Despite his unique achievements, we know little about the Cannibal beyond his victoriesThis will be the first comprehensive biography of Merckx in English, and finally to expose the truth behind this legendary man
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