Eddy Merckx in hospital after bike crash
A head injury saw the 74-year-old Flemish cycling icon in intensive care as a precaution
Out of danger
Merckx (pictured), a five-time Tour de France winner, has a history of heart problems and uses a pacemaker, prompting doctors to carry out extra checks as a precaution. He has now been transferred to a regular hospital room. It is not yet clear when he can leave.
He is, however, out of danger, according to his friend, Serge Vermeiren. “He is better but still has to rest,” Vermeiren told reporters on Monday.
Merckx took centre stage during this summer’s Tour de France Grand Départ, which set off from Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Merckx’s first yellow jersey.
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