Eddy Merckx could face trial over claims he bribed police chief

Cycling legend suspected of giving Brussels commissioner and his wife top-end bikes to win contract, report says

Eddy Merckx, the Belgian sportsman widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time, could face corruption charges over sweeteners he allegedly paid for a contract to supply bikes to a Brussels police force.

The Belgian paper La Dernière Heure (DH) said the five-time Tour de France winner 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 (£11,500) contract to supply 46 cycles to officers in Anderlecht in 2006.

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