Cycling - Merckx in hospital after heart scare

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Cycling - Merckx in hospital after heart scare
Five-time Tour de France winner Belgian Eddie Merckx puts his helmet on after Prince Albert II of Monaco received a limited edition of ''Look 586 Monte Carlo" bicycle, which part of the price (7.990 euros) will be delivered to Prince Albert's association (A.S. Star for the Children) on July 3, 2009 in the principalty of Monaco, on the eve of the start of the 96th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. 2009 Tour de France will cover 21 stages (10 flat stages, 8 mountains, 2 individual time-trials as well as one team time trial) before it ends 3.500 km later in Paris on July 26. AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG (AFP Photo/PATRICK HERTZOG)

- Cycling great Eddie Merckx has been hospitalised in Brussels after complaining about heart pains, Belgian newspapers reported on Friday.

Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen said the 69-year-old Belgian had been suffering from hypertension and had lost consciousness last weekend.

Merckx, known as "The Cannibal" in the prime of his cycling career in the 1970s when he won the Tour de France five times, has a history of heart problems and had a pacemaker fitted last year.

A biography of the cyclist, published in March, 2012, said he had had a heart condition from the start of his career and should never have even competed professionally.


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