Indurain might not be a complicated social animal, and he rarely gives interviews these days, but he’s not elusive. Cannondale-Drapac’s Hugh Carthy, who lives in Pamplona, regularly runs into Indurain on training rides, as does Luis Guinea, the longstanding cycling correspondent for the local paper, El Diario de Navarra.
“The nice thing is that you can ride alongside and chat to him about the usual stuff bike riders do, without any sense that he won five Tours,” Guinea says. “It’s what makes him so special.” Alasdair Fotheringham, from the upcoming issue of Rouleur
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Indurain: Relentless by Alasdair Fotheringham is published by Ebury Press