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Eddy Merckx on the road to London Olympic Games

The Olympic games in London this summer will have a special “Belgian House”, Eddy Merckx own cycling paradise to support all the Belgian Athletes. Eddy himself will make the trip from Brussels to London on the brand new 2013 model – Emx525, to promote the “Belgian House”. He started this 3-day bike trip Wednesday together with other Belgian cycling heroes like his son Axel Merckx, Robert Van Lancker and many more. Check out some pictures below!

To celebrate all this Eddy ride to the opening ceremony. He will be acompanied by fellow Belgian cycling champions. The trip has three parts: Brussels-Ieper, Ieper-Maidstone and Maidstone-London, some 350 kilometres. Eddy will ride the EMX-525, the new top of the line race bike from Eddy Merckx Cycles.

But there’s more. To celebrate Belgium’s rich history in olympic cycling and to promote our country, the Belgian House will be have a Belgian Cycling Paradise. You’ll get lots of clips like heroic parts of the classics. Eddy Merckx Cycles will have bikes on display in the Belgian House, as a part of a collaboration with Agoria, the Belgian federation of the technology industry.

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Tionghin’s Eddy Merckx Team @ OCBC Cycle 2011

Today marks the big event day for our Eddy Merckx team taking part in the OCBC Cycling event – The Nissan Challenge (40km) for the first time ever. The OCBC team, the participants, the exhibitors and volunteers had done a great job pulling off this event as everyone of us are having fun today! Definitely one of Singapore’s biggest sports events. Three cheers to OCBC, and our Eddy Merckx Team!

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Paris-Tours: Weylandt finishes 8th; Dario Cataldo wins GP Beghelli

Paris-Tours
Belgian rider Nikolas Maes dominated Paris-Tours with a long breakaway. Together with Saramotins, Flecha, Pichon, Jorgensen, Meyer, Krivtsov and Geschke he was in the front for a long time. The eight escapees took a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but the peloton kept them under control. After 203,5 kilometres Geschke attacked on the Côte du Crochu, Maes was the only one who could follow him. They took a small lead, while their former companions were caught with 20 kilometres. Five kilometres later Maes and Geschke were caught also.

The peloton prepared itself for a bunch sprint then, the last one on the Avenue de Grammont. The planned tramway will relocate the finish before next year’s race, making this edition the last to use the classic finish line. In this year’s bunch sprint the Spaniard Freire took the win in front of Furlan and Steegmans. Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place.

8. Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
51. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
87. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) 1.22
92. Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) 2.29
125. Nikolas Maes (Bel) 5.39
132. Andreas Stauff (Ger) 7.15
136. Tom Boonen (Bel)
167. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 11.46


Nikolas Maes in the breakaway


Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place


Tom Boonen rolls in with the pack

GP Beghelli
Italy’s Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) won the GP Beghelli race in Italy with sprint that left his rivals distanced by several bike lengths. Cataldo gave Team Quick Step a beautiful victory in the GP Beghelli. Cataldo was the strongest in a group sprint after 198 kilometres. The 25-year-old Team Quick Step rider edged out a small group of about 15 riders in a final sprint, after the group broke away from the peloton on the Zappolino slope, around 5 kilometers prior to arrival. Cataldo started the sprint early, but managed to fence off attacks from Jacob Fulgsang and Daniele Pietropolli, edging them out on the Monteveglio finish line. At the podium in Monteveglio Cataldo was accompanied by Fuglsang and Pietropolli.

“I’m very happy both for myself and the team”, said Cataldo after his first individual success in his career. “I got close to victory more than once this season. My dream of a stage win at the Giro d’Italia lasted until about a few meters from the finish line during the L’Aquila stage. Eventually success came today, in a race that is maybe not ideal for my characteristics as a rider. I felt really good this morning and I think I managed to exploit in the best possible way the only point in the race where a difference could be made: the Zappolino slope. During the sprint I only thought about giving everything that I had left, without looking at my opponents. I really, really wanted this win! This success is a reward to my consistence in the 2010 season. Now the Giro di Lombardia awaits me. I would like to do well in that race both for myself and for the team… and in order to honor my season once again.”


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) opened a gap on the climb to the finish


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) left his rivals well behind him on the rising


Trophy for Dario Cataldo (Quick Step Cycling Team)

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Let’s give our full support to Quick Step Cycling Team

Team QUICK STEP will be working on several fronts during this weekend of races. In Italy the riders from the Belgian team will be lining up for the start of the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday the 9th, and for the GP Beghelli on Sunday, October 10th. Meanwhile, on the same Sunday in France, QUICK STEP riders will be busy in the Paris-Tours, the Classic dedicated to the fastest wheels from the group.

PARIS-TOURS (2130hrs @ Eurosport LIVE)
Event Data: 10/10/2010
Riders: Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel, Kurt Hovelijnck, Kevin Hulsmans, Nikolas Maes, Andreas Stauff, Matteo Tosatto, Wouter Weylandt.
D.s: Rik Verbrugghe.

GP BEGHELLI
Event Date: 10/10/2010
Riders: Dario Cataldo, Dries Devenyns, Addy Engels, Mauro Facci, Branislau Samoilau, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Thomas Vedel Kvist, Marco Velo.
D.s: Davide Bramati & Luca Guercilena.

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Chavanel will ride a yellow-green Eddy Merckx bike!

French Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel has won the second stage in the Tour de France. Chavanel escaped after 10 kilometres and got 7 riders with him, including team mate Jerome Pineau. On their way to Spa Pineau won several points for the mountain classifaictaion. On the route of Liege-Bastogne-Liege it seemed the peloton would close the gap, but several crashes decided else. In the meanwhile Chavanel was alone in the front.

The peloton didn’t chase anymore, so Chavanel’s gap of 50 seconds increased to more then 2 minutes. Chavanel took the stage win in Spa, taking the yellow and green jersey too. Besides the yellow jersey Chavanel is also the new owner of the green points jersey. Chavanel was crowned to most combative rider too. And if that wasn’t enough for Team Quick Step Jerome Pineau was on the podium as leader in the mountain classification, bringing him the polka dot jersey. Team Quick Step is now also leading the team classification. With the stage win, the yellow, green and polka dot jersey, the red and yellow back numbers Team Quick Step was enjoying a beautiful day.

Eddy Merckx Cycles are very proud of Sylvain Chavanel’s victory in today’s stage of the Tour de France. To congratulate Chavanel with his yellow and green jersey, he will ride a customized yellow-green emx-5 bike tomorrow. What a great way to enter his home country. Today Sylvain Chavanel showed us he’s a real cannibal.

The making of a yellow and green EMX-5 was not a simple task in such a short time frame. A webalbum was made where you can check the making off pictures.

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MTN’s Carla Swart moves to 3rd place

It has been tough going for the MTN Women’s Team in their first 10 day stage race in Europe. The Tour de L’Aude is one of only two events over this many days for women’s cycling the other being the Giro d’Italia in July.

Yesterdays 5th stage over 104.5km’s from Amelie Les Bains to Amelie Les Bains proved to be both exhilarating and sad for the team. Carla rode into a brilliant 12th place on the stage moving her to 24th on the General Classification and into 3rd place in the Young Riders Competition. She is behind 2 great riders the one being Marianne Vos a multiple World Champion and the current World Cup Leader and Elizabeth Armitstead who rides for the Cervelo Test Team. Unfortunately Lylanie Lauwrens was unable to complete yesterday’s stage and will not finish the tour.

With 4 stages remaining and over 400km’s of racing of which 2 are still in the mountains lots can happen.

Team Manager Bruno Haemers says the team is riding very well in such a hard women’s stage race. Yesterday the race started up a 10km climb and the racing was fast from the start. With many transfers and late race starts which the South African women are not used too they are performing very well.

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Quick Step triumphs again in the Giro!

Today Jerôme Pineau gave his team, Quick Step, their second stagewin in the Giro.

The stage from Novi Ligure to Novara was a tribute to five time Giro winner Fausto Coppi, who deceased 50 years ago.

Pineau and his compagnons from an early fight, stayed ahead of the peleton. In the sprint with three, Pinaeu showed himself the strongest on his EMX-5.

Many congratulations from the whole team at Eddy Merckx Cycles!

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