Cycling hero and convicted doper
As with every cycling great, doping comes into the discussion. In 1969, he was banned from the Giro due to fixing allegations that have yet to be explained. "I am convinced I was victim of a conspiracy," Merckx said later. In 1973 and 1977 (photo from Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich) he tested positive again, before ending his career in 1978.