‘Today is Eddy Merckx’s birthday. He is 70. Pretty incredible. I never raced against Eddy. He was just a tad before my time.
He is uncomfortable being labeled the best of all time. He said, “I don’t like it when people say I was the best ever. It’s silly. I am not the best ever. I was the best of my time. You cannot compare generations. There was Fausto Coppi after the war, Anquetil, Hinault, Indurain, Fignon. I never rode for the glory. I rode because I like cycling and winning. But not to say I am the best.”
He might not think it, but he didn’t convince me much with that statement. He won 5 Tours, 5 Giros, 7 Milan-San Remos, 3 World Road Championships and set an hour record of nearly 50km, on a “regular” track bike. He won 525 professional races during his career. Doubt that is going to be repeated anytime soon.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Eddy. You are the best.