Happy birth­day, Can­ni­bal

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

On Sun­day, the Tour paid homage to Eddy Mer­ckx, the Bel­gian great who won a then record five Tours dur­ing the 1960s and ’70s.

Mer­ckx, to cel­e­brate his 65th birth­day, pre­sented Fabian Can­cel­lara with the leader’s yel­low jersey af­ter the end of the stage. Sun­day’s route also passed through Meise, Mer­ckx’s home­town in the Flan­ders re­gion of Bel­gium.

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