List of career achievements by Eddy Merckx

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Eddy Merckx after he won the 1975 Amstel Gold Race, wearing the world champion's rainbow jersey

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 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)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Track races[edit]

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

Palmarès[edit]

Source:[1][2][3]

1961
1st Petit-Enghien
1964
1st MaillotMundial.PNG Amateur road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Amateur madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
1965
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Amateur madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
1st GP Stad Vilvoorde
1st Rocourt Madison
1st Roubaix Omnium
1st Omloop van het Houtland
1st Itterbeek
1st Wezembeek
1st Kessel-Lo
1st Critérium du Renaix
1st Nederbrakel
1st Critérium de Visé
1st Critérium de St. Jansteen
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1966
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Anvers omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st GP Pino Cerami
1st Rocourt omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Ostende omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Brussels-Meulebeke
1st Helchteren
1st Rousiès
1st Denderleeuw
1st Rumes
Tour of Morbihan
1st General classification
1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Druivenkoers a Overijse
1st GP Le Télégramme à Châteaulin
1st Championship of Flanders
1st Viane
1st Brussels omnium (with Rik Van Looy and Edward Sels)
1st Anvers individuelle
1st Circuit des Frontieres a Templeuve-Baisieux
1st Criterium de Puteaux
Escalada a Montjuich
1st General classification
1st Stage 1b
1st Brussels omnium (24 October) (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Gent omnium (1 November) (with Walter Godefroot)
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st Gent omnium (7 November) (with Rik Van Steenbergen, Patrick Sercu, & Noël Van Clooster)
1st Brussels omnium (15 November) (with Rik Van Steenbergen)
1st Stage 2, Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1967 (Team Peugeot-BP)
1st Road race, Road World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Critérium de Camors
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st GP Salvarani
1st Gent omnium (with Edward Sels & Rik Van Looy)
1st Aulnay-sous-Blois omnium (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st Milano omnium
1st GP du Tournaisis
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Nandrin
1st Simpelveld
1st Lorient omnium (Rudi Altig, Tom Simpson, & Howling)
1st Roubaix omnium
1st Ostende omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Enter
1st La Clayette
1st Critérium de La Panne
1st Critérium de st Lenaarts
1st Championship du Brabant
1st Critérium de Liedekerke
1st Critérium d'Armentières
1st Ostende madison (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Rocourt madison (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Anvers omnium
1st Anvers individuelle
1st Gent omnium (with Daniel Van Ryckeghem)
1st Madrid madison (with Jan Janssen)
1st Prix de Cloture Critèrium de As
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st Gent omnium (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Stage 3, Paris–Luxembourg
1st Stages 12 & 14, Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 6, Paris–Nice
1st Stages 6 & 7, Giro di Sardegna
1st Putte-Kapellen
1st Omloop der Zennevallei
1968 (Team Faema)
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
Giro d'Italia
1st Charleroi
1st Anvers omnium
Giro di Sardegna
1st General classification
1st Stages 1 & 5b
1st Rombano Lombardo
1st Gent omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Anvers omnium (with Rik Van Looy)
Tour de Romandie
1st General classification
1st Stage 1
1st Milan omnium (with Vittorio Adorni)
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey pink.svg General classification
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 8, & 12
1st Rocourt omnium
1st Ostende omnium (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Salsiomaggiore
1st La Clayette
1st Bornem
1st Ostende omnium
1st Woluwé-St Lambert
1st La Panne
1st Rocourt omnium
1st Ohain
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Alsemberg
1st Championship du Brabant
1st Milan omnium (with Rudi Altig, Lucien Aimar, & Jean Jourdan)
Volta a Catalunya
1st General classification
1st Stages 1 & 6
1st Rome omnium (with Vittorio Adorni
1st Milan pursuit
1st Milan omnium (with Rudi Altig)
1st Gran Premio di Lugano
1st Roue d'Or
1st Gent omnium (with Guido Reybrouck)
A travers Lausanne
1st General classification
1st Stages 1a & 2a
1st Six Days of Charleroi (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st Stage 6b, Volta a Catalunya
1st Trofeo Dicen
1969 (Team Faema)
1st Ronde du Carnaval d'Aix en Provence
Vuelta a Levante
1st General Classification
1st Points Classification
1st Stages 3, 4 & 5
Paris–Nice
1st General Classification
1st Stages 2, 3b & 7b
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Gand omnium (with Roger De Vlaeminck & Walter Godefroot)
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Anvers omnium
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Rome omnium
1st Stages 3, 4, 7 & 15 Giro d'Italia
1st La Roche-sur-Yon (with R. Lelangue & F. Mintjens)
1st La Trimouille
1st Bruxelles-Muelebeke
1st Ottignies
Tour de France
1st Jersey yellow.svg General classification
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Combination classification
1st Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
1st Stages 1b (TTT), 6, 8a, 11, 15, 17 & 22b
1st Critérium d'Alost
1st Critérium de Woluwé-St Lambert
1st Vincennes omnim
1st Guerlesquin Tro-Ker
1st Remiremont
1st Chateau-Chinon
Paris–Luxembourg
1st General classification
1st Stage 2
1st Ostende omnium
1st Londerzeel Critérium
1st Saussignac
1st Moorslede Critérium
1st Auvelais Critérium
1st Schaerbeek
1st Alès
1st Circuit de l'Aulne a Chateaulin
1st Gand omnium (with Julien Stevens)
1st Critérium d'Europe d'américaine a Cologne (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Scorze
1st Gand omnium (with Roger De Vlaeminck)
1st Charleroi omnium (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st G. P. de Wallonie a Charleroi individuelle
1st Anvers omnum (with Jacques Anquetil, Rudi Altig & Harm Ottenbros)
1st Coupe du Monde intermarques
1st Super Prestige Pernod International
1970 (Team Faema-Faemino)
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Road race, Belgian National Road Race Championships
1st Anvers omnium (with Julien Stevens)
1st Carleroi omnium
1st Charleroi americaine (with Julien Stevens)
1st Grenoble omnium
1st Sanary
Paris–Nice
1st General classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 3, 7b & 8b
1st Col San Martino
1st Gent–Wevelgem
Tour de Belgique
1st General classification
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1b & 3b
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Lorient
1st Villafranca
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey pink.svg General classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stages 2, 7 & 9
1st Caen
Tour de France
1st Jersey yellow.svg General classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Combination classification
1st Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
1st Prologue & Stages 3 (TTT), 7a, 10, 11b, 12, 14, 20b & 23
1st Critérium de Renxaix
Critérium de Woluwé-St Lambert
1st Overall
1st Time Trial
1st Ronde de Seignelay
1st Vailly-sur-Sauldre
1st Saint-Cyprien Critérium
1st Bilzen Critérium
1st St. Niklaas Critérium
1st Baussières
1st Varilhes
1st Dortmund G. P. Union
1st Castelfranco
1st Chateaugiron
Montjuich Escalada
1st Overall
1st Time Trial
1st Bastia
1st Critérium des As
1st Lissone Coppa Agostini
1st A travers Lausanne
1st Eeklo cyclo-cross (with Roger de Vlaeminck)
1st Super Prestige Pernod International
1971 (Team Molteni)
1st Road race, Road World Championships
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Jersey green.svg Points classification
4 stages
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
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
Grand Prix de Fourmies
Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1974 (Team Molteni)
1st Road race, Road World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award
8 stages
Giro d'Italia
Jersey pink.svg General classification
2 stages
Tour de Suisse, including
Points classification
King of the Mountains
3 stages
Critérium des As
Super Prestige Pernod Trophy
1975 (Team Molteni)
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
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)
1st MaillotBélgica.svg Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu)
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)

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

Source:[1][3]

Race 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 9 1 DSQ 1 1 1 1 8
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 1 1 1 1 1 2 6
Jersey gold.svg Vuelta a España 1
Jersey rainbow.svg World Championship 29 12 1 8 DNF 29 1 4 4 1 8 5 33
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Source:[1][3]

Monument 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Milan–San Remo 1 1 31 1 8 1 1 1 1 98
Tour of Flanders DNF 3 9 1 3 76 7 3 3 1 17 DNF
Paris–Roubaix 15 8 1 2 1 5 7 1 4 2 6 11
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 8 2 1 3 1 1 1 4 1 6 6
Giro di Lombardia 2 7 3 4 1 1 2 6

Major stage race general classification results timeline[edit]

Source:[1][3]

Race 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Paris–Nice 4 10 DNF 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 DNF
Giro di Sardegna 28 1 2 1 33 1 4 1 8 20
Tour of Belgium 11 DNF 1 1 ? 26
Grand Prix du Midi Libre 11 1 3 7
Tour de Romandie 1 14 3 7
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré 1 10 8
Tour de Suisse 1 2 12
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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.[4] 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. ^ a b c d "Cycling - Eddy Merckx". The-Sports.org. Québec, Canada: Info Média Conseil. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eddy Merckx". Cycling Archives. de Wielersite. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Palmarès de Eddy Merckx (Bel)" [Awards of Eddy Merckx (Bel)]. Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Independent, Friday 6th July, 2007, Tour de France: Alternative view of the ultimate road race". The Independent. UK. 6 July 2007. Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2010.