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    Holy [email protected]!! Eddy Merckx monster weight loss!!

    Wow.... just wow!

    Eddy's looking good now that he no longer resembles Shamu.

    I just hope it is indeed the increased riding and not some concealed illness!

    In any case, I'll wager a 6-pack of Chimay that this weight loss was accomplished on a full-carb diet!

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    Glad to see it!

    Quote Originally Posted by philippec
    Wow.... just wow!

    Eddy's looking good now that he no longer resembles Shamu.

    I just hope it is indeed the increased riding and not some concealed illness!

    In any case, I'll wager a 6-pack of Chimay that this weight loss was accomplished on a full-carb diet!

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    Philippe -- soon to be struck down by the gods of low carb for having blasphemed!!
    It was really somewhat disturbing seeing him all bloated, I'm glad to see him like this now.
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    Eddy indeed is looking good. I saw first signs of his weight loss over a year ago. Considering the time it took it's likely not due to some unhealthy crash diet or illness.

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    I heard it was the South Bici Diet

    It's tough to see a hero decline and great to see him looking better.
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    I never had a problem with his weight

    I always thought he deserved to kick back and enjoy the rest of his life any way he wanted. He thrilled and inspired for so many years in the saddle, sacrificing good food and comfort for our entertainment. I saw that belly as his symbol of a 'job well done'.

    Having said all that, it's good to see it happen, only if it's what he wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philippec
    Wow.... just wow!

    Eddy's looking good now that he no longer resembles Shamu.
    What's the source for the picture? I only mention it because it doesn't quite look like him. I also wonder as the picture I've attached was from the late Spring, not that many months ago.

    Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that he's thinner, just don't quite believe it!
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    Yes, I know, these guys work their asses off for years and deserve to sit back, enjoying cubes of butter washed down with chocolate milk shakes. However, it really is nice to see him more closely resemble the Eddy of his riding days. I hope he has improved his health and extended his life in the process. Now if he can only get Stephen Roche on the same diet.

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    from velonews.com

    It was taken yesterday at the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen Germany. The picture is 100% photoshop free!! which makes pretty amazing IMHO.

    see http://www.velonews.com/tech/report/...es/6888.0.html

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    Barely looks like him

    Wow .... it barely looks like Eddy. I would have never recognized him.
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    Wow

    I remember reading that when Eddy rode in the Ride for the Roses (Lance's charity fundraiser) he was on the front pulling in the mid 20 mphs, despite his 280+ - pound body. I bet he can really motor now.

    He really looks great!

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    looks great, but

    20 years older without the weight.

    good on ya, eddy!
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    Heck with Eddy

    (though he does look great)....that frame!! Whoa!! I want one!
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    I read somewhere that Eddy had been sick and lost weight because of it.
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    Best I've seen him in years. He even looks younger in that picture. I wonder if he's trying to get into shape for some upcoming major events? That man has done more for the popularity of cycling than anyone.

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    perhaps "the cannibal" has introduced some leafy greens into his diet?
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    Fat guy pulling 20 mph+ = No problem

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveD
    I remember reading that when Eddy rode in the Ride for the Roses (Lance's charity fundraiser) he was on the front pulling in the mid 20 mphs, despite his 280+ - pound body. I bet he can really motor now.

    He really looks great!
    Fat guys can always pull 20+ mph on the flats ... but now he can probably pace the peloton up a long moderate incline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogger
    Fat guys can always pull 20+ mph on the flats ... but now he can probably pace the peloton up a long moderate incline.
    hey! I resemble that remark! ;)
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    He's been riding

    The great St. Liggett mentioned that he talked to Eddy before the tour started and that he had done over 200 rides in the previous year. He looks great.

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    The cyclingnews piece discussed how Eddy had remarked that part of his weight loss was due to "cycling lots". Can you imagine the poor masters class that he shows up for-- ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philippec
    Wow.... just wow!

    Eddy's looking good now that he no longer resembles Shamu.

    I just hope it is indeed the increased riding and not some concealed illness!

    In any case, I'll wager a 6-pack of Chimay that this weight loss was accomplished on a full-carb diet!

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    Philippe -- soon to be struck down by the gods of low carb for having blasphemed!!
    Now if he would just quit pushing plastic frames, he would be the Eddy of old.

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    Truly, truly remarkable!

    What a transformation. It seems like it took him decades to get that big. And he turns it around in a year??




    Greg Lemond and Hinault, take your cue! It is possible to recover from the post yellow jersey overweight blues. Lance, be careful. You're going to ballon in weight as soon as you quit.

    Bravo Eddy. You're the greatest cyclist ever, again. ;)

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    Hinault??!!???

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    What a transformation. It seems like it took him decades to get that big. And he turns it around in a year??




    Greg Lemond and Hinault, take your cue! It is possible to recover from the post yellow jersey overweight blues. Lance, be careful. You're going to ballon in weight as soon as you quit.

    Bravo Eddy. You're the greatest cyclist ever, again. ;)

    francois
    Bernard s fit, thin and can still rip the legs off of most people he rides with!! You must be thinking of someone else -- like Fignon or Roche -- who have become real chenlers. Even Indurain has put on weight -- but Hinault is still lean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philippec
    Bernard s fit, thin and can still rip the legs off of most people he rides with!! You must be thinking of someone else -- like Fignon or Roche -- who have become real chenlers. Even Indurain has put on weight -- but Hinault is still lean.

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    Philippe
    He's probably fit. Looks like you have the insider scoop. I wouldn't call him thin. He seems like a naturally stocky guy now that I've taken a closer look.

    He always wears these short sleeve button shirts that make him look beefy.



    The other tour winners are bigger for sure:



    Lemond looks big from time to time (maybe when he gets bitter):


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    I wonder...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fogdweller
    The great St. Liggett mentioned that he talked to Eddy before the tour started and that he had done over 200 rides in the previous year. He looks great.
    If he finally got his back fixed???

    He had a serious back injury (crushed vertebrae) from a derny crash in the early years of his pro career. He always claimed that he rode with pain, this is partly why he had a well-known penchant for constantly fiddling with his seat height adjustment. I read somewhere in a Merckx biography that this is partly why he got so badly out of shape when he retired, because not only does he love his beer, but he also couldn't handle the pain of riding long distances without a "purpose" for it.

    God, I'd hate to be the poor master's men suckers who have to line up next to him... I know he could still motor on the benefit rides even totally unfit at 280+ lbs.
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