List of career achievements by Eddy Merckx

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This is a list of career achievements by Eddy Merckx. Merckx is widely considered to be the greatest bicycle racer in history. His eleven Grand Tour victories are the most ever, and he also won one of the classic cycle races 28 times, in addition to a prolific career as an amateur and on the track.

Records[edit]

Grand Tour general classification and World Championship results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Vuelta a España - - - - - - - - 1 - - - -
Giro d'Italia - - 9 1 Exp. 1 - 1 1 1 - 8 -
Tour de France - - - - 1 1 1 1 - 1 2 - 6
World Championship Jersey rainbow.svg 29 12 1 8 Ab. 29 1 4 4 1 8 5 33

-: did not participate
Exp.: disqualified for doping
Ab.: abandoned

Grand Tour results timeline[edit]

1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Tour DNE DNE 1 1 1 1 DNE 1 2 DNE 6
Stages won 6 8 4 6 8 2 0
Mountains classification 1 1 3 2 2 2 11
Points classification 1 2 1 1 2 2 5
Giro 9 1 DSQ 1 DNE 1 1 1 DNE 8 DNE
Stages won 2 3 4 3 4 6 2 0
Mountains classification 3 1 DSQ 4 2 2 2 7
Points classification 2 1 DSQ 3 2 1 4 2
Vuelta DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 1 DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 6
Mountains classification 2
Points classification 1
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Other stage races[edit]

Classic cycle races (28)[edit]

Table of Eddy Merckx success in the Classics.

Year 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Milan – San Remo 1st 1st 1st 8 1st 1st 1st 1st
Tour of Flanders 3 9 1st 3 7 3 3 1st
Gent–Wevelgem 9 1st 9 1st 3 1st 2 6 10
Paris–Roubaix 8 1st 2 1st 5 7 1st 4 2 6 5
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 8 2 1st 3 1st 1st 1st 1st 6 6
La Flèche Wallonne 1st 5 1st 1st 2 3 4
Amstel Gold Race 3 8 1st 1st 9
Championship of Zurich 4 2 7 4
Paris–Tours 8 6 9
Paris–Brussels  ? 1st  ? 2[1]  ?  ?
Giro di Lombardia 2 6 3 4 1st 1st 2 6

World titles[edit]

Track races[edit]

  • 17 six-day races
  • 3× European championship
  • 7× Belgian madison championship (with Patrick Sercu)

Major results[edit]

1964
Arc en ciel.svg World amateur road champion
1965
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1966 (Team Peugeot-BP)
Milan – San Remo
Trofeo Baracchi, with Ferdinand Bracke
Championship of Flanders
Tour de Morbihan
1967 (Team Peugeot-BP)
Arc en ciel.svg world championship
Milan – San Remo
La Flèche Wallonne
Gent–Wevelgem
Trofeo Baracchi, with Ferdi Bracke
2 stages, Giro d'Italia
Critérium des As
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1968 (Team Faema)
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification
Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
Jersey violet.svg Points classification
4 stages
Paris–Roubaix
Tour de Romandie
Volta a Catalunya
Tre Valli Varesine
Giro di Sardegna
Gran Premio di Lugano
A travers Lausanne
1969 (Team Faema)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Mountains classification
Jersey green.svg Points classification
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
6 stages
4 stages, Giro d'Italia
Milan – San Remo
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Paris–Luxembourg
Paris–Nice, including
4 stages
Super Prestige Pernod International
1970 (Team Faema-Faemino)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Mountains classification
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
8 stages
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification
3 stages
Paris–Roubaix
La Flèche Wallonne
Gent–Wevelgem
Paris–Nice
Tour of Belgium
Critérium des As
Belgium National championship
Super Prestige Pernod International
1971 (Team Molteni)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Jersey green.svg Points classification
4 stages
Arc en ciel.svg World championship
Milan – San Remo
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Rund um den Henninger Turm
Omloop "Het Volk"
Paris–Nice
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Grand Prix du Midi Libre
Tour of Belgium
Giro di Sardegna
Super Prestige Pernod International
1972 (Team Molteni)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Jersey green.svg Points classification
6 stages
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification
4 stages
Hour record - 49.431 km
Milan – San Remo
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
La Flèche Wallonne
Giro dell'Emilia
Giro del Piemonte
Grote Scheldeprijs
Trofeo Baracchi, with Roger Swerts
Super Prestige Pernod International
1973 (Team Molteni)
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification
Jersey violet.svg Points classification
6 stages
Vuelta a España
Jersey gold.svg Overall classification
Jersey blue.svg Points classification
Jersey white.svg Combined classification
Sprints classification
6 stages
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Amstel Gold Race
Gent–Wevelgem
Grand Prix des Nations
Omloop "Het Volk"
Paris–Brussels
Giro di Sardegna
GP Fourmies
Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1974 (Team Molteni)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
8 stages
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification
2 stages
Arc en ciel.svg World championship
Tour de Suisse, including
Points classification
King of the Mountains
3 stages
Critérium des As
Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1975 (Team Molteni)
Milan – San Remo
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Amstel Gold Race
Catalan Week
2 stages, Tour de France
1 stage, Tour de Suisse
Giro di Sardegna
Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1976 (Team Molteni)
Milan – San Remo
Catalan Week
1977 (Team Fiat)
1 stage, Tour de Suisse
Tour Méditerranéen
Six Days of Munich (with Patrick Sercu)
Six Days of Zürich (with Patrick Sercu)
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)

Win rate[edit]

In his best year, Merckx won almost every other race he rode. Merckx won the equivalent of a race a week for six years.[2] This table shows his strike rate of wins as a percentage of races undertaken.

  • 1965: 13%
  • 1966: 21%
  • 1967: 23%
  • 1968: 24%
  • 1969: 33%
  • 1970: 37%
  • 1971: 45%
  • 1972: 39%
  • 1973: 37%
  • 1974: 27%
  • 1975: 25%
  • 1976: 13%
  • 1977: 14%
  • 1978: 0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parijs - Brussel 1975". cyclingarchives.com. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "The Independent, Friday 6th July, 2007, Tour de France: Alternative view of the ultimate road race". The Independent (UK). 6 July 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2010. [dead link]