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Cycling Legend Eddie Merckx Recovering After Bike Accident

Channels Television  
Updated October 14, 2019
Five-time Tour de France winner, Belgium’s Eddy Merckx has fallen from his bike on October 13, 2019. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

 

Cycling legend Eddy Merckx, 74, was out of intensive care on Monday after being treated for a serious head injury suffered when he fell from his bike.

The five-time Tour de France winner was hurt Sunday during a bike outing with friends and taken to hospital in Dendermonde, near Ghent in Belgium, Het Nieuwsblad newspaper reported Monday.

Stephane Thirion, the rider’s friend and biographer, told AFP in the evening that Eddy Merckx had “left the intensive care unit”.

The hospital declined to comment.

Earlier, former Anderlecht footballer Paul Van Himst, a long-time friend of the cyclist, told local television: “I contacted his wife Claudine yesterday. She said he is doing well given the circumstances.”

AFP












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