Eddy Merckx could boycott Tour de France tribute to himself after dispute with race organisers

Five-time Tour winner might not be at 2019 Grand Départ after dispute with ASO over Tour of Oman

Eddy Merckx

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Eddy Merckx might not be present at the Grand Départ of the 2019 Tour de France after voicing his displeasure with race organisers ASO.

The 2019 Tour will depart from Brussels as a tribute to Merckx on the 50th anniversary of his first Tour triumph, but the five-time yellow jersey winner says that he is considering not turning up to the event following a dispute ASO over the future of the Tour of Oman, which he helps to organise.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.