|Full name||Axel Merckx|
8 August 1972 |
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
|Current team||Hagens Berman Axeon|
Axel Eddy Lucien Jonkheer Merckx (born 8 August 1972) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer and the son of five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx. He is currently the team director of UCI Professional Continental team Hagens Berman Axeon.
Born in Uccle, Axel Merckx became a professional cyclist in 1993, winning the Belgian national road race championship in 2000. He repeatedly vowed to make his mark by accomplishing feats that had eluded his father Eddy, such as winning a Tour de France stage at Alpe d'Huez and the Paris–Tours classic. He did not succeed, but competed in eight Tours de France and finished as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times.
During the 2006 Tour, Merckx announced that he signed a new contract for one extra season with Phonak, later 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 Team T-Mobile, where he had started his professional career.
He created the Granfondo Axel Merckx National Series, with its inaugural event being the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan on 10 July 2011 in Penticton, British Columbia. His father, Eddy, rode in the inaugural event.
His name was on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate on 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France then retested in 2004. Merckx was not one of then 18 Riders named as testing positive for EPO but was on a list of 12 named riders whose test results were listed as "suspicious". 
Because his father was made a baron—a personal, hereditary title—in Belgium, Axel Merckx has also been ennobled. He is therefore officially referred to as Ecuyer (in French) or Jonkheer (in Flemish) Axel Merckx. This honorific title is comparable to the British The Honourable, when the untitled person is the offspring of a baronet, earl or viscount.
- 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 Championship
- 1st Belgium National Road Race Championship
- 1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
- 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
- 1st Wolvertem Criterium
- 1st Lommel Criterium
- Etat présent de la noblesse belge, 4th series, 2003 /2014
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- 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. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
- "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France".
- "Cycling's next generation". axeoncycling.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
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- 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