Merckx to race Cycle Challenge

Eddy Merckx will line up in the Pick 'n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday, 18...

Eddy Merckx will line up in the Pick 'n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday, 18 November 2007. Merckx, whose famed career spanned a period of 16 years from 1961-1977, says he's looking forward to the event, which will form part of his schedule during a five-day social visit to South Africa.

Merckx has close personal friends in Tshwane and is a regular visitor to South Africa. For the first time his trip coincides with the Cycle Challenge, which he will ride with the Tshwane-based Queens Club. Merckx won the Tour de France five times and rode to victory in the Tour of Italy on five occasions. He also boasts a victory in the Tour of Spain and he became the world road race champion some four times during his illustrious career.

"He is in good shape," said advocate Salim Yousuf, a Tshwane-based friend of the Merckx family. "We will certainly struggle to hold onto his wheel!"

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