Rouleur podcast: Spring Classics with De Vlaeminck, Maertens, author Harry Pearson

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A Flanders themed edition to mark the climax of the Spring Classics season. Presented by Laka, bicycle insurance powered by you



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A Flanders themed edition to mark the climax of the Spring classics season. 

Ian Parkinson talks with with legendary hard-man Roger “Mr Paris Roubaix” De Vlaeminck – always good value for an inflammatory soundbite, as seen in the latest issue of Rouleur.

Freddy Maertens recalls the triumphs and disasters from a career which saw him win World Championships, Grand Tours and Classics – and reflects on his sometimes stormy relationship with Eddy Merckx.

Harry Pearson, author of The Emperor, The Beast and The Milkman, analyses cycling fans’ love of all things Flemish – chips, beer, cobbles and the sheer grittiness of the riders.

Our Desire Editor Stuart Clapp would never make it as a Flanders hardman. He remembers the time he burst into tears at the top of the Muur.  It’s a long story…

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