PFS Pantheon 1 of 9: The Cannibal

PFS Pantheon 1 of 9: The Cannibal

Team Leader & Most Ferocious

As per our instructions from Il Pirata, MFS went ahead and made a suite of Pantheon for Speed t-shirts with Sam Taylor’s illustrations. We also did a little research on the PFS with Klaus starting with The Cannibal, who is team captain. Based on what we found, that’s no surprise.


During his peak years (1969 to 1975) Eddy Merckx won an astounding 35% of the races he started. That winning ratio, along with his temperament and the margins by which he won races, will likely never be seen again. Much in the way that the Olsen twins will never be a part of any Full House reunion.11But that Fuller-House Netflix reboot was amazing, right?


At the 1971 Tour de France, Luis Ocaña crashed while holding a seven minute lead over Merckx. Out of respect for his adversary, Merckx refused to step onto the podium at the end of that stage to get the yellow jersey. He also wanted to retire from the race as a result, but his team urged him not to. He raced the following day, but refused to wear the leader’s jersey. In the end, he won the Tour by nearly ten minutes, proving that his ability to win was indeed impressive, but so was his understanding that without a worthy rival, victories are almost meaningless.

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  • b. 17 June, 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium
  • 6’1″, 163 lb
  • Amateur Career: Evere Kerkhoek Sportif, 1961–1964
  • Pro Career: Solo Superia, 1965; Peugeot-BP-Michelin, 1966–67; Faema, 1968–70; Molteni, 1971–76; Fiat, 1977; C&A, 1978




  • Tour de France GC: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
  • Tour de France PC: 1969, 1971, 1972
  • Tour de France MC: 1969, 1970
  • Tour de France Stage Wins: 34, 1969—75
  • Giro d’Italia GC: 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • Giro d’Italia PC: 1968, 1973
  • Giro d’Italia MC: 1968
  • Giro d’Italia Stage Wins: 24, 1968—74
  • Vuelta a España GC: 1973
  • Vuelta a España PC: 1973
  • Vuelta a España Stage Wins: 6, 1973
  • Paris–Nice GC: 1969, 1970, 1971
  • Tour de Suisse: 1974
  • Milan–San Remo: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976
  • Tour of Flanders: 1969, 1975
  • Paris–Roubaix: 1968, 1970, 1973
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège: 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
  • Giro di Lombardia: 1971, 1972



The Cannibal Image Archive
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DTG printing done in Portland, OR on Gildan 5.5 oz Heavy Cotton Tee (See photos for size chart). Illustrated by Sam Taylor.

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