Axel Merckx

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Axel Merckx
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Personal information
Full name Axel Merckx
Born (1972-08-08) 8 August 1972 (age 42)
Uccle, Belgium
Height 1.91 m
Weight 77 kg
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
1993
1994
1995–1996
1997–1998
1999–2000
2001–2002
2003–2005
2006
2007
Motorola
Telekom
Motorola
Polti
Mapei
Domo-Farm Frites
Davitamon-Lotto
Phonak Hearing Systems
T-Mobile
Major wins
Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
GP de Wallonie (2001)
Tour de l'Ain (2003)
Belgium National Champion (2000)
Infobox last updated on
16 February 2007

Axel Merckx (born 8 August 1972 in Uccle), is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his professional career that began in 1993 and ended in 2007, he has won an Olympic bronze medal and competed in eight Tours de France, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times. He is the son of professional cyclist and five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx.

Cycling career[edit]

Axel Merckx became a professional cyclist in 1993. He had several strong years of racing, including winning the Belgian national championship in 2000. Axel Merckx repeatedly vowed to make his mark by accomplishing feats his father Eddy never managed - including a Tour de France stage win at the top of Alpe d'Huez and a win in the Paris–Tours World Cup race - but did not make good on these promises.

Merckx won the bronze medal in the road race during the 2004 Games in Athens. In the final kilometre, he moved off the bunch with a canny move.

During the 2006 Tour Merckx announced that he signed a new contract for one extra season with Phonak, (to be renamed iShares). He stated that this would be his last season as a professional road bicycle racer. However, after Phonak announced that it would stop sponsoring the cycling team, Merckx signed a contract with T-Mobile Team, the same team where he started his professional career. Merckx announced his retirement from professional cycling at the end of the 2007 Tour de France.[1] He cycled, and won, his last race in Lommel, Belgium in early August 2007.[2]

His name was on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate in 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found suspicious for EPO when retested in 2004.[3]

Merckx currently serves as Directeur sportif for the Bontrager Cycling Team.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Merckx married Canadian triathlete Jodi Cross in 1997, and currently resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. He has two children, Axana and Athina Grace (born 30 June 2005).

Because his father Eddy Merckx has been made a baron in Belgium (as personal title, but his nobility is hereditary), Axel Merckx also belongs to the nobility. As such, he is officially referred to as Jonkheer Axel Merckx.[5][6][7] The honorific Jonkheer is comparable to the British honorific "The Honourable", when the untitled person is the son or daughter of a baronet, earl or viscount.

Axel Merckx created the Granfondo Axel Merckx National Series, with its inaugural event being the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan on July 10, 2011 in Penticton, British Columbia. Axel's father Eddy rode in the inaugural event.

Palmarès[edit]

1995
2nd Sint-Truiden
1996
1st GP Sanson
3rd Giro di Lombardia
1998
2nd Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Stage 3
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd Subida Urkiola
10th Overall Tour de France
1999
3rd National Road Race Championchip
2000
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race Championship
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour du Région Wallonne
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
2001
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
3rd Brabantse Pijl
2002
1st Jersey red number.svg Combativity competition Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2003
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Ain
2004
3rd Bronze medal.svg Olympic Road Race
2005
1st Stage 5 Dauphiné Libéré
3rd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Stage 16 Tour de France
2006
1st Wolvertem Criterium
2007
1st Lommel Criterium
2nd Stage 18 Tour de France

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (28 July 2007). "Merckx says farewell with final break". Angoulême. Retrieved 27 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Axel Merckx wins after Tour criterium at Lommel". 7 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France". 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ 25.000 nobles en Belgique. La Dernière Heure / Les Sports (DH Net) 11 July 2005.
  6. ^ Afschaffen van de adelstand Website of Liberales denktank.
  7. ^ Koning en Keizerrijken Het geheim van de Adel.

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