It is very difficult to think of bicycle racing and not think of Merckx. Eddy was the best, and is the best. Nobody in my books is as good now or then. He holds a special place held for the giants of the sport, names like Pele, Ali and Jordan, all the best in their respective fields. All the best, whereas those who follow will always be compared to these greats. My French is pretty poor, but there is something wonderful listening to a race in it's original language. The passion and excitement crosses the barriers, and it is easy to understand what is going on.