Eddy Merckx “525” Limited Edition
The spring classic Paris-Roubaix is fondly known as the Hell of the North. The race, one of road racings oldest, is often wet and muddy and takes the riders over many rough cobbled roads.
In 1973 the, 71st edition of the race, it was down to Roger de Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx, with 44 km to go the injured de Vlaeminck could no longer hold on to Merckx’s wheel. Merckx rode 44 km solo to victory in the Roubaix velodrome.
Merckx was in extraordinary form in 1973, during a span of nineteen days, Merckx won Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and Paris–Roubaix. His excellent form continued, and he went on to become the first rider to win the Giro and Vuelta in the same year, with only four days between the two races.
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 24 x 20 inches