|Full name||Axel Merckx|
8 August 1972 |
Phonak Hearing Systems
|Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
GP de Wallonie (2001)
Tour de l'Ain (2003)
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.
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.
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. He cycled, and won, his last race in Lommel, Belgium in early August 2007.
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. 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.
- 2nd Sint-Truiden
- 1st GP Sanson
- 3rd Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
- 1st Stage 3
- 2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
- 2nd Subida Urkiola
- 10th Overall Tour de France
- 3rd National Road Race Championchip
- 1st Belgium National Road Race Championship
- 1st Overall Tour du Région Wallonne
- 1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
- 1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
- 1st Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
- 3rd Brabantse Pijl
- 1st Combativity competition Paris–Nice
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 1st Overall Tour de l'Ain
- 3rd Olympic Road Race
- 1st Stage 5 Dauphiné Libéré
- 3rd Brabantse Pijl
- 3rd Stage 16 Tour de France
- 1st Wolvertem Criterium
- 1st Lommel Criterium
- 2nd Stage 18 Tour de France
- Brecht Decaluwé (28 July 2007). "Merckx says farewell with final break". Angoulême. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
- "Axel Merckx wins after Tour criterium at Lommel". 7 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
- "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France".
- 25.000 nobles en Belgique. La Dernière Heure / Les Sports (DH Net) 11 July 2005.
- Afschaffen van de adelstand Website of Liberales denktank.
- Koning en Keizerrijken Het geheim van de Adel.
- Axel Merckx at Trap-Friis.dk. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2011)
- Video on U23 Team featuring Axel Merckx