From Flanders to Roubaix: The atmosphere of the cobbled Classics.

The third Cycling Podcast Friends Special takes listeners on the road, from the Tour of Flanders to Scheldeprijs to Paris-Roubaix.

Join Lionel on the Oude Kwaremont and pavé and Richard and Daniel in Oudenaarde, with Richard and Lionel reuniting in the Roubaix velodrome.

We also call in on Wervik and a hero’s welcome for Alexander Kristoff from his Belgian fan club. And we hear from Kristoff himself, who tells us how the fan club came about and what it is like to be a bigger star in Belgium than in his native Norway.

We speak to journalist Ed Pickering about his forthcoming book on the Tour of Flanders, and there are appearances from Orla Chennaoui of Sky Sports, Laura Winter of Voxwomen, the new channel dedicated to covering women’s racing, and the journalist who knows Kristoff best, Anders Christiansen.

And there’s lots of podcast favourite Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport, who tells us that he and the evergreen Luca Paolini were born in the same year. “So 1977 has been really a great year for cycling,” says Ciro.

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