Eddy Merckx has paid tribute to his old six-day partner, Patrick Sercu, who died on Friday, describing him as “a fantastic guy and a good man”.
Merckx and Sercu formed a legendary partnership on the track, winning 15 six-day events together.
Sercu’s death was announced by his son, Christophe, on Friday, who explained that his father’s health “had been unstable for several years and had deteriorated sharply in recent weeks”. Sercu died at the age of 74.
“He was a friend I had known since I was 16 or 17. This is a big loss for me,” Merckx told Belgian broadcaster Sporza.
“Our partnership goes back a long way – from the 1960’s on the Brussels velodrome. We were rivals at first, then we became teammates. Together, we won 15 six-day races, including the Gent Six in 1965. They are wonderful memories.
“He was a fantastic guy, a good man. He was honest, did not beat around the bush, and always looked for compromise. I appreciated that in him and that is why I rode with him for so long.”
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