As part of his participation in the Congress of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Copaci president, José Manuel Peláez, held a meeting with the mythical Belgian rider Eddy Merckx, which he described as “very special” on his official website. From Facebook.

“It is always a pleasure to be surrounded by friends, runners, coaches and figures of world cycling. As part of the Congresses of the International Cycling Union it always happens ”, said in his post the head of cycling in America, one of the leaders with more experience in world cycling.

“Merckx had the gesture of greeting us and chatting for a while about this exciting sport and his visit to Cuba. We remember that in 2006 he was at the closing of the Cycling Tour of Cuba and donated a thousand bicycles, one of them for the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro ”, Peláez related about the conversation held.

“It was a great trip because I wanted to get to know Cuba, impressive for the sporting results it has,” he commented with his usual kindness. Merckx, who was three times world road champion, won the three Grand Tours (five times in the Giro d’Italia). and Tour de France and on one occasion in the Tour of Spain), just to mention some of their awards.

The exchange occurred during the World Road Championship Relay competition. “The mythical 76-year-old Belgian cyclist wished cycling in America and especially in Cuba success, as he recounted in amazement how much this sport has changed from his time to the present,” concluded Peláez’s review.