Outstanding athelte and achievment and his speech yeaterday shows how much he cares about the tour and cycling.We are all lucky to have seen his story develop over the years.He has a couple of good biography books out there for anyone who is interested.Did the Houston to Austin MS-150 last year 185miles over 2 days and met some buddies of his who said that he does'nt do any performance enhancing drugs but is quite fond of weed in the off season exchanging lots of all the sponsorship crap he gets for copious ammounts of stuff.He'll still be involved in his discovery channel team.
I heard a reference on radio to his 'abnormally large heart and lungs'.
Watching him on TV, he doesn't seem much interested in cycling, just winning. Mind you he isn't comfortable with the media.
I suspect all future reviews of his acheivements will be qualified.
And if Eddy Mercx had to do only won race a year, how many Tours would he have won?
Nothing wrong with being interested in winning. Tiger Woods has the same manner. He has no reason to be comfortable with a media that has been out to get him from day one (in the case of the the French press at least.)
Qualification of his achievements would be small time IMO. He cannot be compared with anyone else in cycling anymore. Hence the reason he is now being compared with Jordan, Woods etc.
Mercxx may have raced more but he also tested positive twice in a time when amphetamines were more pervasive than the doping in the sport now. Plus, the testing regime was a joke. Mercxx is far from a whiter than white figure.
Roman Abramovich- Messi is getting world class put next to his name.The guy is a talented park.If he becomes world player of the year ill eat my jocks.