Eddy Merckx suffered haemorrhage during crash and will remain in hospital for next few days

The 74-year-old was taking part in his regular Sunday bike ride with friends before falling

Eddy Merckx (David Stockman/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Eddy Merckx suffered a haemorrhage during his bike fall and will remain in hospital for the next few days as doctors conduct further tests, it has emerged.

It is not yet known whether the 74-year-old's fall was caused by another ailment, but ultimately Merckx hit his head and suffered a heamorrhage before he was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit at Dendermonde hospital in the Flemish region of Belgium.

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