Muscat: Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx
has pulled out of the organising team of the Tour of Oman.
Also present on the occasion were Belgian legend Eddy Merckx
, QCF officials John Lelangue and Amani al Dosari.
Although Armstrong was stripped of his seven Yellow Jerseys earlier this year after admitting he was a cheat, Pantani's result will still be valid, while five-times champions Eddy Merckx
and Miguel Indurain, who both failed doping tests in their careers, were called to the 100th Tour's celebrations in Paris at the weekend, the report said.
L'ancien grand champion cycliste belge Eddy Merckx
, 67 ans, s'est fait poser un stimulateur cardiaque a titre preventif, jeudi a la clinique Saint-Jean de Genk (nord), a-t-il annonce au quotidien flamand Het Nieuwsblad vendredi.
It was Cavendish's second stage win of the tour, but victory in Paris on Sunday could propel him into outright fourth in the all-time stage rankings, behind French pair Andre Luducq and Bernard Hinault, and Belgian Eddy Merckx
The last person to win Paris-Nice and Romandie in the same year was five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx
In closing, Verhofstadt said Belgium is known for its cyclists (like Eddy Merckx
and Tom Boonen) and painters (like Van Eyck, Rubens and Matisse).
Rowe is aiming to continue his 100 per cent record in the marathon three-week race, which starts in Brussels on Saturday in tribute to the legendary Eddy Merckx
. "I must be a good luck charm - four wins out of four," Rowe told the Team Ineos website.
has paid tribute to his old six-day partner, Patrick Sercu, who died recently, describing him as 'a fantastic guy and a good man.'
Froome will be on the starting line of the Tour de France on Saturday in the western region of Vendee, aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx
, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain in the elite club of five-time champions of cycling's biggest race.
Froome's sixth Grand Tour title, following last year's fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory, sees him become the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the trio of titles simultaneously - Eddy Merckx
in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later the others to have achieved the feat.
Froome's sixth Grand Tour title, following last year's fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory, sees him become the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the three titles simultaneously - Eddy Merckx
in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later are the others to have done so.