Eddy Merckx in hospital with head injury after bike crash

Merckx's wife says his condition is good, but when he can leave hospital is not yet clear

Eddy Merckx at the 2019 Tour de France (Kristoff van Accom/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Eddy Merckx is in hospital with a head injury after falling off his bike during a ride with friends.

The 74-year-old was rushed to hospital in the Flemish city of Dendermonde, Belgium, as a precaution, with further examinations of his condition set to take place today.

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