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Eddie Merckx has become embroiled in a corruption case involving the town of Anderlecht, commissioner Philippe Boucar and Merckx’s bicycle company. The allegations include insider information on competing bids for a supply of high end bicycles to the town. It is also alleged that the commissioner received one of the carbon fibre bikes at a greatly reduced price.
A quick look at online sales for used Merckx bicycles underlines the high prices for these technologically advanced two wheelers. Frames alone can cost over US $3000.
The 48 bicycles involved were slated for the police department.
These corruption charges had nothing to do with Merckx’s cycling career. In the eyes of many in the cycling world he remains the top rider ever in the 20th century. There was no title that he went after that he did not achieve.