Meet Florian Vermeersch, the history student and local councillor who finished second at Paris-Roubaix

The Lotto Soudal rider on living up to new expectations, the fresh approach of his team, and how time trialling helps in the Classics

Florian Vermeersch
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What were you doing at 18? You might have been at university, or just starting out in your first real job, you might have moved out of home. Juan Ayuso was dominating the Baby Giro, on his way to the WorldTour already.

Florian Vermeersch became a town councillor for the Open Vld party in Lochristi, East Flanders. The Lotto Soudal rider says that he “never imagined” that he would have been elected at such a young age.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.