Belgian sprint legend Freddy Maertens was reunited at the Tour of Flanders with the brand that helped propel him to two World Championship wins – Flandria bikes.

Maertens was presented with a brand new Flandria before the 2008 Tour of Flanders last week. Flandria director Adam Longworth was on hand to present Maertens with his new machine, complete with top tube decal listing his World Championship wins.

Maertens won the World Championships in 1976 and 1981, and also won the Tour de France green jersey on three occasions: 1976, 1978 and 1981. Although now retired from racing, Maertens is still very much in touch with the world of cycling as curator at the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen museum in Oudenaarde.

Flandria bikes is based in Lancashire – the name having been resurrected after a 20-year absence from cycling in 2002. The company now offers a range of aluminium and carbon-fibre machines.


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Freddy Maertens: reunited with the Flandria brand