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The Greatest Ever
Eddy is the greatest bike racer of all-time, and according to the numbers is the greatest Tour rider of all-time by a rather wide margin.
While he has two fewer wins than our No. 2 rider, his stage victories, 34, are nine more than Armstrong.
Eddy was so dominant that the organizers asked him to not ride in 1973, and Merckx granted that wish, instead winning the Giro and Vuelta.
Merckx won not only the yellow jersey, but the green (points) and polka dot (mountain) jerseys as well, a feat which has never been matched in a single Tour. Only Rominger and Jalabert have won all three jerseys, but in seperate Tours.
Merckx had his run in with diversity as well when a fan kidney punched him on his run for a sixth victory. Merckx never fully recovered and lost that tour, leaving him with five wins.
So it could be argued that Merckx could be even with Armstrong on victories, his overall record far eclipses the seven-time winner.
And there you have it, the 25 greatest riders in Tour de France history...thanks for reading!