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What’s in the next issue of Rouleur magazine? 18.1 – a Classic

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Philippe Gilbert, Svein Tuft, forgotten finishes of the Classics, Philippa York, Belgian bicycle worship gone mad and more

Gilbert (Marshall)

Philippe Gilbert

(Ned Boulting and Marshall Kappel)

 

“Gilbert and Quick Step is as good a fit as there is in cycling. It’s as if he has never worn any other colours, which of course could not be further from the truth. But that story was still to come. Business first.”

 

Ned Boulting enjoys a coffee and a good old chinwag with one of the stars of 2017, finally feeling at home in the Quick Step wolf pack

 

Meerbeke, Tour of Flanders finish / Pauline Ballet

 

Forgotten Finishes

(Andy McGrath and Pauline Ballet)

 

The finish line: it’s a lot more than a banner and a line painted on the road.

 

This is a trip down memory lanes to the former finish lines of spring Classics. Visiting everything from hippodromes to old football stadiums, Andy and Pauline compare how time has changed them and look at what makes a finish line iconic, with cameos from Eddy Merckx and Nick Nuyens

 

Losing My Religion

(Paul Maunder and Benedict Campbell)

 

Eddy Merckx is God, right? We all know that. Paul Maunder questions his faith – or those of other bicycle-believers, at least

 

Svein Tuft

Svein Tuft: Wild Thing

(Richard Abraham and Michael Blann)

 

Kick off your boots, strip down to your trunks and join us with the veteran Canadian Mitchelton-Scott rider for a barefoot trek and ice pool plunge in the mountains of Andorra. A fascinating man with a holistic worldview. And a pug…

 

Tour of Iran 2017

 

Tour of Iran
(Olaf Unverzart)

 

Mosques, mountains and mystery: our intrepid photographer Olaf saddles up for a journey around Iran’s beautiful, lesser-known national tour

 

 

Guy - Dauphine by Kristof Ramon

 

The Guy from Geraardsbergen

(Olivier Nilsson-Julien and Kristof Ramon)

 

It’s not easy being a commissaire: you’ve got to spot deception from riders and take the flak for controversial decisions.

 

Olivier goes for a drive with experienced UCI comm Guy Dobbelaere at the Dauphiné to learn the tricks of the trade

 

Titici

Desire

(Stuart Clapp and Benedict Campbell)

 

Take a look at that top tube… This from Titici and a whole bunch of beauties shot at the Rouleur Classic including Specialized, Di Luca, Cervélo, Storck, Alchemy and Sarto

 

Plus columns from Philippa York, Matt Seaton and guest columnist Hennie Kuiper