In our “Mixed Zone” podcast, we go back in time with the series “Once upon a time, in the history of sport…”.

This time, the episode is linked to the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, the queen of the classics, which will take place on Sunday.

We look back on the first victory of the Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck, in 1972, just 50 years ago, in trying climatic conditions.

This success will call for others since the Flemish rider has carved out an XXL record of success in this event.

He won it four times and finished on the podium nine times, a feat never before seen.

A peloton personality

A true personality in the peloton, the Belgian, now 75, was one of the few who never admitted the superiority of his compatriot Eddy Merckx.

In the podcast, to listen to above, cycling historian Pascal Sergent tells us about this rivalry in detail and explains why Roger De Vlaeminck thus became, in the 1970s, and still remains today, Monsieur Paris. -Roubaix.

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