Merckx 525: A comprehensive coffee table photo book

The wide-format biography includes many never-published photos

In October, fans of the racing legend Eddy Merckx can buy Merckx 525, a new biography authorized by the Cannibal himself that contains a number of rare photos in a wide-format, coffee table format.


Dubbed 525 in reference to his career-win tally, the book is a truly complete record of his career, Merckx said.

The book will be available in October online, in bookstores and in some bike shops. You can preview Merckx 525 at

Many of the newly restored photographs in the book came from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives.

Merckx in the 1968 giro: merckx in the 1968 giro
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Merckx in the 1968 Giro d’Italia

Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before,” Merckx said. “It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments.”

The 224-page hardcover book is $60 in the US and £42 in the UK, including online from Cordee.

We can’t list all 525 wins here, but a quick skim of the highlights below should suffice to explain why many call him the greatest of all time.

5x Tour de France

5x Giro d’Italia

1x Vuelta a España

3x World Professional Road Champion

1x World Hour Record

7x Milan–San Remo

5x Liège–Bastogne–Liège

3x Ghent–Wevelgem

3x Paris–Roubaix

3x Flèche Wallonne

3x Paris–Nice

2x Amstel Gold Race

2x Omloop Het Volk

2x Tour of Lombardy

2x Tour of Flanders

2x Tour of Belgium

1x Dauphiné Libéré

1x Midi Libre

1x Grand Prix Frankfurt

1x Paris–Brussels 1x Scheldeprijs

1x Tour de Suisse

1x Tour de Romandie

1x World Amateur Road Champion

1x Belgian Road Champion


7x Super Prestige Pernod International