Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giacoppo regains lead with stage win at Tour of Japan; Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction; More operations for Stig Broeckx following motorcycle-caused crash;  Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing; David De La Cruz sidelined after emergency appendectomy; Skjerping alleges negligence with motorcycle crash at Belgium Tour; Team win rankings update post-Giro; Eddy Merckx accused of corruption; Police suggest one metre passing law will increase dangers; Jacky Durand calls for feed zone safety measures; Sci-Con world bike backing champion crowned; Recovery is key to stage racing

Eddy Merckx accused of corruption

by CyclingTips

Eddy Merckx could face corruption charges over alleged kick-backs paid for in a contract to supply bikes to a Belgian police force.

The incomparable Eddy Merckx won Liege-Bastogne-Liege five times between 1969 and 1975, including three consecutive wins from 1971 to 1973. He also finished second in 1967 and third in 1970.

The incomparable Eddy Merckx won Liege-Bastogne-Liege five times between 1969 and 1975, including three consecutive wins from 1971 to 1973. He also finished second in 1967 and third in 1970.

The former champion who has a bicycle company in his name is suspected of giving the commissioner of the Brussels-Midi police force and his wife two top-end bicycles made by his company in order to win a €15,000 contract to supply 46 bicycles to the police in Anderlecht, Forest and Saint-Gilles back in 2006.

When asked about the allegations, Merckx responded, “I have nothing to say; what happens, we’ll see.”

A police investigation into the allegations involving Merckx and a dozen others began in 2007 and was recently referred to the prosecutor’s office.

A hearing is set for September and would determine if the case would go to trail. If convicted Merckx could face up to two years in prison for bribing a public official.

Click through to read more at La Dernière Heure.

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