How they used to train: Frans Verbeeck’s power intervals

Frans Verbeeck trained hard and long, but there was one rider he couldn't out-train

Frans Verbeeck was the hardest of Belgian hard-men, a Classics specialist and one of the few who took the fight to the all-conquering Eddy Merckx during the 1970s.

Verbeeck didn’t beat Merckx often, but he did beat him sometimes, and for the rest he pushed cycling’s greatest very hard indeed.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events,, and the Cycling Legends Podcast