List of career achievements by Eddy Merckx

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

  • Most recent victories by a professional cyclist: 525.
  • Most stage victories in the Tour de France: 34.
  • Most popular victories in one Tour de France: 8, in 1970 and 1974 (shared with Charles Pélissier in 1930 and Freddy Maertens in 1976).
  • Most days with the yellow jersey in the Tour de France: 96.
  • Tour de France (1969). The only cyclist to have the general classification , points classification and mountains classification in the same.
  • Most victories in classics: 28.
  • Most victories in one single classic: 7 (in Milan-San Remo ).
  • Most victories in Grand Tours : 11

Grand Tour results timeline

1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Tower 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

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

Awards

Source: [1] [2] [3]

1961
1st Petit-Enghien
1964
1st Amateur road race , UCI Road World Championships
1st Amateur madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1965
1st 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 Criterium of Ronse
1st Nederbrakel
1st Criterium of Visé
1st Critérium of St. Jansteen
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu )
1966
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Antwerp omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st GP Pino Cerami
1st Rocourt omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Ostend omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Brussels-Meulebeke
1st Helchteren
1st Rousiès
1st Denderleeuw
1st Rumes
1st Overall Tour of Morbihan

1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Druivenkoers in Overijse
1st GP The Telegram in Châteaulin
1st Championship of Flanders
1st Viane
1st Brussels omnium (with Rik Van Looy and Edward Sels )
1st Antwerp individual
1st Frontier Tours in Templeuve-Baisieux
1st Criterium of Puteaux
1st Overall Escalada a Montjuich

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 of the Midi Libre
1967 (Team Peugeot-BP)
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Criterium of 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 of Tournaisis
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Nandrin
1st Simpelveld
1st Lorient omnium ( Rudi Altig , Tom Simpson , & Howling)
1st Roubaix omnium
1st Ostend omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Enter
1st La Clayette
1st Critérium of De Panne
1st Criterium of St Lenaarts
1st Championship of Brabant
1st Criterium of Liedekerke
1st Critérium d’Armentières
1st Ostend madison (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Rocourt madison (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Antwerp omnium
1st Antwerp individual
1st Gent omnium (with Daniel Van Ryckeghem)
1st Madrid madison (with Jan Janssen )
1st Closing Price Criterium of As
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Ferdinand Bracke )
1st Gent omnium (with Ferdinand Bracke )
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu )
Giro d’Italia

1st Stages 12 & 14
Paris-Nice

1st Stages 2 & 6
Giro di Sardegna

1st Stages 6 & 7
1st Stage 3 Paris-Luxembourg
1st Putte-Kapellen
1st Omloop der Zennevallei
1968 (Team Faema)
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Charleroi
1st Antwerp omnium
1st Overall Giro di Sardegna

1st Stages 1 & 5b
1st Rombano Lombardo
1st Gent omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Paris-Roubaix
1st Antwerp omnium (with Rik Van Looy )
1st Overall Tour of Romandie

1st Stage 1
1st Milan omnium (with Vittorio Adorni )
1st Overall Giro d’Italia

1st Points classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 8, & 12
1st Rocourt omnium
1st Ostend omnium (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Salsiomaggiore
1st La Clayette
1st Bornem
1st Ostend omnium
1st Woluwé-St Lambert
1st De Panne
1st Rocourt omnium
1st Ohain
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Alsemberg
1st Championship of Brabant
1st Milan omnium (with Rudi Altig , Lucien Aimar , & Jean Jourdan )
1st Overall Volta a Catalunya

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 Wheel of Gold
1st Gent omnium (with Guido Reybrouck )
1st Overall Across Lausanne

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 Overall Tour de France

1st Points classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Combination classification
1st Combativity award
1st Stages 1b (TTT), 6, 8a, 11, 15, 17 & 22b
1st Round of the Carnival of Aix en Provence
1st Overall Vuelta a Levante

1st Points Classification
1st Stages 3, 4 & 5
1st Overall Paris-Nice

1st Stages 2, 3b & 7b
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Gand omnium (with Roger De Vlaeminck & Walter Godefroot)
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Antwerp omnium
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st Rome omnium
Giro d’Italia

1st Stages 3, 4, 7 & 15
1st La Roche-sur-Yon (with R. Lelangue & F. Mintjens)
1st La Trimouille
1st Brussels-Muelebeke
1st Ottignies
1st Criterium of Aalst
1st Criterium of Woluwé-St Lambert
1st Vincennes omnim
1st Guerlesquin Tro-Ker
1st Remiremont
1st Chateau-Chinon
1st Overall Paris-Luxembourg

1st Stage 2
1st Ostend omnium
1st Londerzeel Criterium
1st Saussignac
1st Moorslede Critérium
1st Auvelais Criterium
1st Schaerbeek
1st Ales
1st Circuit of the Alder in Chateaulin
1st Ghent omnium (with Julien Stevens)
1st American Criterium in Cologne (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Scorze
1st Gand omnium (with Roger De Vlaeminck)
1st Charleroi omnium (with Ferdinand Bracke)
1st GP of Wallonia in Charleroi individual
1st Antwerp omnum (with Jacques Anquetil, Rudi Altig & Harm Ottenbros)
1st World Cup
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
1970 (Team Faema-Faemino)
1st Road race , National Road Championships
1st Overall Tour de France

1st Mountains classification
1st Combination classification
1st Combativity award
1st Prologue & Stages 3 (TTT), 7a, 10, 11b, 12, 14, 20b & 23
1st Overall Giro d’Italia

1st Combination classification
1st Stages 2, 7 & 9
1st Overall Paris-Nice

1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 3, 7b & 8b
1st Paris-Roubaix
1st Gent-Wevelgem
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Antwerp omnium (with Julien Stevens)
1st Carleroi omnium
1st Charleroi americaine (with Julien Stevens)
1st Grenoble omnium
1st Sanary
1st Col San Martino
1st Overall Tour of Belgium

1st Points classification
1st Stages 1b & 3b
1st Lorient
1st Villafranca
1st Caen
1st Criterium of Renxaix
Critérium of Woluwé-St Lambert

1st Overall
1st Time Trial
1st Ronde de Seignelay
1st Vailly-sur-Sauldre
1st Saint-Cyprien Criterium
1st Bilzen Criterium
1st St. Niklaas Criterium
1st Baussières
1st Varilhes
1st Dortmund GP Union
1st Castelfranco
1st Chateaugiron
Montjuich Escalada

1st Overall
1st Time Trial
1st Bastia
1st Criterium of Aces
1st Lissone Coppa Agostini
1st Through Lausanne
1st Eeklo cyclo-cross (with Roger de Vlaeminck)
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
1971 (Team Molteni)
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Overall Tour de France

1st Points classification
4 courses
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Omloop “Het Volk”
1st Overall Paris-Nice
1st Overall Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Overall Giro di Sardegna
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
1972 (Team Molteni)
1st Overall Tour de France

1st Points classification
6 courses
1st Overall Giro d’Italia

4 courses
Hour record – 49.431 km
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Giro dell’Emilia
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Trofeo Baracchi , with Roger Swerts
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
1973 (Team Molteni)
1st Overall Giro d’Italia

1st Points classification
6 courses
1st Overall Vuelta a España

1st Points classification
1st Combined classification
1st Sprints classification
6 courses
1st Paris-Roubaix
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Amstel Gold Race
1st Gent-Wevelgem
1st Nations Grand Prix
1st Omloop “Het Volk”
1st Paris-Brussels
1st Giro di Sardegna
1st Grand Prix of Fourmies
1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod International
1974 (Team Molteni)
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Overall Tour de France

8 courses
 Combativity award
1st General Giro d’Italia

2 courses
Tour of Switzerland

Points classification
Mountains classification
3 courses
1st Criterium of Aces
1st Super Prestige Pernod International
1975 (Team Molteni)
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Overall Catalan Week
2 Courses Tour de France
1 Stage Tour of Switzerland
1st Giro di Sardegna
1st Super Prestige Pernod International
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1976 (Team Molteni)
1st Madison, Belgian National Championships (with Patrick Sercu )
1st Milan-San Remo
1st Overall Catalan Week
1977 (Team Fiat)
1 course, Tour de Suisse
Mediterranean Tour
1st Six Days of Munich (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Six Days of Zürich (with Patrick Sercu)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)

Grand Tour general classification and World Championships results timeline

Source: [1] [3]

Race 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
 Giro d’Italia 9 1 DSQ 1 1 1 1 8
 Tour de France 1 1 1 1 1 2 6
 Vuelta a España 1
 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

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 results timeline

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 of the Midi Libre 11 1 3 7
Tour of Romandie 1 14 3 7
Criterium of the Dauphiné Libéré 1 10 8
Tour of Switzerland 1 2 12
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Win rate

In his best year, Merckx won almost every other race he rode. Merckx won the equivalent of a race for six years. [4] This table shows his stories 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

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Cycling – Eddy Merckx” . The-Sports.org . Québec, Canada: Info Média Conseil . Retrieved 6 May 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ “Eddy Merckx” . Cycling Archives . Of Wielersite . Retrieved 19 April 2013 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Awards of Eddy Merckx (Bel)” [Awards of Eddy Merckx (Bel)]. Memoire du cyclisme (in French) . Retrieved 8 May 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ “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 .

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