Eddy Merckx calls 1969 not only his best year ever, but also his worst. He won that year in an impressive way his first Tour de France, but had to because of dopingbetichtingen also the Giro exit and came out in the fall fall during a wielermeeting in the French Blois. ‘I rode afterwards, never more, as before’, underlined Merckx this morning in the town hall of Brussels, where a new book about him was presented.
That new work about Eddy is again from the hand of the Merckx-connoisseur par excellence, political radiojournalist Johny Vansevenant. He previously made all three works on Eddy, and the four productions on Merckx, according to publisher Lannoo probably all sit in the top ten of the best works that ever were made about the Cannibal.
Vansevenant actually found that almost everything had been written about Merckx, but when his colleague Lieven Verstraete heard him talk about the year ’69, prodded he is the author to go back to work. The workpiece has finally 432 pages and contains, according to Vansevenant more than 250 photos that never were published. Could the author also generously draw from the archives of het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen.
Merckx himself said against Vansevenant ‘s book? ” when the reporter him asked him whether he wanted to work on the new workpiece. That’s what happened in the end though, just as many team mates and opponents will once again have their say did about the wonderful year of ’69.
At the presentation this morning in the Brussels city hall if Merckx also has a few team mates greet for the Tour in ’69 reason in Faema outfit. Frans Mintjens, Guido Reybrouck, Martin Van den Bossche, Julien Stevens and Jos Spruyt testified, each about that spectacular achievement.
Merckx repeated that ’69 a great year, but also with downs. At the head of the fall in Blois, which also are a driving force to life. That trap made according to Eddy for the never be the equal of its earlier level. About the affair in the Giro, which he had to leave, says Merckx that he still does not understand why he was ‘caught’. He suggested, however, that he two days before a firm sum of money was offered to the Giro to lose. He refused to go.
With the publication of the book is the start of the major festivities around Eddy, culminating with Le Grand Départ of the Tour in Brussels, at the beginning of July.
“The year of Eddy Merckx 69’ has 432 pages, and will cost 49,99 euro, uitgeverij Lannoo.