Eddy Merckx “525” Limited Edition
When a crash brought down Walter Godefroot in the 1969 Tour of Flanders, Eddy Merckx saw his chance to attack 70 km from the finish. It was a cold, windy, and rainy day and no one thought the attack would be successful, especially Feama directeur sportif, Guillaume Dreissens. This photo captures the moment Dreissens is yelling at Merckx to drop back to the peloton, but Merckx ignores Dreissens and continues the solo break. Merckx finished in Gentbrugge 5’ 36” ahead of Felice Gimondi, the largest margin of victory in the history of the Tour of Flanders.
This limited edition series is set at 525 numbered lithographs to correspond and celebrate Eddy Merckx’s unprecedented 525 career victories.
Each 24″ x 20″ lithograph has been personally signed by Eddy Merckx and comes with a certificate of authenticity from The Horton Collection.
Lithograph printing was done by AMP Printing in Dublin, California on Daiei TopKote 111 pound acid-free archival quality stock using a Heidelberg press.
Despite our efforts to find the name of the photographer of this image, it currently remains a mystery. As was common practice at the time, original photographs often had no reference as to the name of the photographer. Rather, there were crop marks and other notations written on the back of the original photograph that was used in the print publication process. As always, we welcome any knowledge regarding the awesome photographers that so deftly captured and continue to capture the vibrant landscape of cycling.
Size 20 x 24 inches