Eddy Merckx undergoes heart surgery

Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx recovering in hospital after 'minor' heart operation

Eddy Merckx

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Cycling star Eddy Merckx underwent surgery and is recovering in a Brussels hospital, reported Belgian television channel Sporza today. News reports said that he had heart pain, but the 69-year-old Belgian said that he had a 'minor' operation to prevent future problems.

"It was only a minor procedure," Merckx said, “and I should return home."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.