Merckx, Merckx, Merckx

Cross Elvis Presley with Muhammad Ali, raise him in a grocery shop in post-war Belgium, put him on a bicycle and what do you get? The greatest cyclist of all time: Eddy Merckx.

Cycling journalists Daniel Friebe and William Fotheringham have both treated us to new books about Eddy Merckx, the Cannibal, winner of 525 professional races, five Tours de France, five Giri d’Italia and countless Classics. He was world champion and broke the hour record. We talk about his career, his motivations and the challenges of telling the story of the greatest racing cyclist who ever lived.

  • David Cohen

    Fantastic show – I recently attended a Hackney Bicycle Film Society evening when a film was shown about Merckx, and I came out with a lump in my throat and mouth wide open – simply, he was, is and always will be the greatest.

  • http://twitter.com/datarulesworld Matt J

    Anybody know the title of the song in the beginning of the podcast?