Celebrate Eddy Merckx's 70th birthday with a limited edition £11,500 bike (video)

Eddy Merckx Cycles celebrates the legend's 70th birthday by building him a bike and there's still over 20 left, but they are a little pricey.

The legendary Eddy Merckx turns 70 today (June17), and his cycle brand has designed a limited edition racing bike to celebrate the landmark.

The EDDY70 is a throwback to the designs featured in his prolific career, especially his time with Faema, with whom he won the two of his five Tour de France titles.

(Photo: Eddy70.com)

(Photo: Eddy70.com)

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Only 70 of the bikes will be produced, with the first one being presented to Merckx himself as a birthday present, meaning the other 69 are up for grabs, and great news - there's still more than 20 left for purchase.

Each of the bikes are hand built by Johan Vranckx – one of the technicians who worked with Merckx throughout his entire career – known as Eddy’s ‘inside man’.

(Photo: Eddy70.com)

(Photo: Eddy70.com)

At £11,500 an EDDY70 will set you back a fair bit of cash, but the manufacturers claim it is a modern high-tech, high performance racing bike – and you’ll have the knowledge that you are riding the same machine as the greatest cyclist ever.

The special EDDY70 website has been launched where you can find out more about the bike and stake your claim to buy one of the remaining bikes.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.