Stefan Everts is Belgian Sportsman of Year -- For the Fifth Time!

December 18, 2006 7:08am

Stefan Everts has won the Belgian sportsman of the year for a fifth time. Everts who dominated the motocross scene for the last six years, winning six world titles in as many years and adding to his world motocross championships in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 also received a life time achievement award for his services to the sport of motocross. Everts fifth win places him second behind the great Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, who has won six Belgian sportsman of the year awards. Plons images from the awards night.

Baron Eddy Merckx (born Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx on June 17, 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium) is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all-time, and an icon of his sport equal to the likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan or Pelé. Nicknamed "The cannibal" for his unrelenting competitiveness, he is five-time champion of the two most important races in professional cycling, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, is one of only four cyclists to have won all three of the Grand Tours (Tour, Giro and Vuelta a España), and one of only two men to have won the Triple Crown of Cycling (Tour, Giro, and the World Cycling Championship) in the same year.