Eddy Merckx

This remarkable image capturing the true spirit of LeTour has been created by Artist James Straffon for the 100 day cultural festival of Yorkshire. The original production hangs outside The Factory building at Poliform North in Harrogate’s town centre and 200mtrs from the finish line of day one The Grand Depart Yorkshire.  To withstand the Yorkshire climate, the original 8 images are produced in a high quality polymeric self-adhesive vinyl. Finished with an exterior grade satin laminate. Mounted onto a premium grade 3mm thick aluminium composite. Complete with print wrapped edges giving a superior finish with longevity. Its dimensions are in two parts each part being 1250mm x2500mm and totalling 2500mm x 2500mm face fixed with coach bolts.

Original set of 8 @ 2500mm x 2500mm are to be auctioned on Saturday 5th July to raise funds for The Dave Rayner foundation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  To register your interest or to place a bid, please contact sag@stephenneall.co.uk.

These creations can also be purchased in the following formats:
2500mm x 2500mm signed originals £ by auction.
1500mm x 1500mm signed Limited Edition of 5.
400mm x 500mm signed limited edition of 9 framed stencils.
T-shirts in white with multiple image panel.

Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx . (Born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer, considered to be the greatest pro-cyclist ever.

Merckx, who turned professional in 1965, won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, and the Vuelta a España once. He also won all of professional cycling’s classic “monument” races at least twice each (with 19 Classics victories in all). Merckx was World Champion once as an amateur and three times as a professional, and he broke the world hour record before retiring in 1978.

Since then, Merckx has remained active in professional cycling through various commercial and sporting projects, most notably by manufacturing and selling his own line of bicycles, Eddy Merckx Cycles.

 In 1964, he rode the road race at the 1964 Summer Olympics and finished 12th. In the same year, he became world amateur champion at Sallanches, France. He said his victory was tainted by the long list of riders who had won the amateur championship and done nothing afterwards. He turned professional on 29 April 1965,after 80 wins as an amateur.

The 1969 Tour de France was the first which Merckx won, even though he was almost deprived of it by a doctor in Lille who found abnormalities in his heart rhythm.  Merckx was cleared to start after medical colleagues said the hearts of endurance athletes were often unusual.  Merckx won the 17th stage, over four cols from Luchon to Mourenx by eight minutes after riding alone for 140 km.