An interview with Eddy Merckx

While at the 2005 Interbike , Cyclingnews ' North American Editor, Mark Zalewski, found the...

Eddy on all things cycling

While at the 2005 Interbike, Cyclingnews' North American Editor, Mark Zalewski, found the legendary Eddy Merckx signing autographs for a long line of fans at his booth. The Cannibal took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit down a catch up on what he has been up to and what he thinks about the current cycling world.

Cyclingnews: First off, what did you think of that world championships? Finally another win for Belgium!

EM: It was a very good ride! This year, winning Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix - for one day races, the best one is Boonen. It's a very good thing for Belgian cycling, absolutely. And he's still a young rider. It was good to see him growing.

CN: Being as young as he is, do you think that one day he might be able to transform into a GC rider for the grand tours?

EM: No... I think he can win every one day race - maybe not a Lombardy for a few years still, but Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold Race or any one that has a difficult finish. I think he is a strong and complete rider. He is more than just a sprinter.

CN: What are your thoughts on the latest in the EPO allegations, particularly involving Lance Armstrong?

EM: I cannot understand it. How can you attack somebody that cannot defend himself? It's not normal too... the testing [procedure.] If you have something, you go to the UCI or WADA - but not after five or six years. That is not correct. It's a bad thing for cycling. It's not true and not just - attacking someone who cannot defend.

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