In this week’s regular episode of The Cycling Podcast, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie are joined by long-time contributor François Thomazeau to reflect on Tadej Pogačar’s Tour of Flanders victory at the weekend and look ahead to Paris-Roubaix.
Since Flanders, debate has raged about whether Pog will one day complete cycling’s “Monument Slam”. We discuss how much prestige should in fact be associated with such an achievement - and also revisit a few minor controversies thrown up by Sunday’s race.
After that, it’s time to look forward to “The Hell of the North” and hear about a febrile backdrop of social unrest in France.
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