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Famous cyclists | Eddy Merckx and the roads of Wallonia

With 525 victories to his name, Eddy Merckx, the "Cannibal" is considered, by all, to be the greatest cyclist of all time. It was in La Gleize, in the province of Liège, that he won his first race.


Wallonia's roads have always brought Eddy Merckx good luck. It was in 1962 in La Gleize, in the province of Liège that he won his first Belgian Championship title. He was still just a rookie. Four years later, with the professionals this time, he won the Cérami Grand Prix, just after his first major classic win at Milan-San Remo.


He would go on to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège five times and the Flèche Wallonne three times, leaving two victories at Liège-Bastogne-Liège to his loyal lieutenant Joseph Bruyère.