Over the next few months, the world’s greatest cycling is due to arrive in Jávea, Alicante, thanks to an initiative to introduce cycling to this area of the Costa Blanca by none other than world champion Johan Museeuw.

Belgian cyclist Johan Museeuw, winner of the 1996 UCI Road World Championships, paid a visit to the coastal town of Marina Alta, which coincided with this year’s championships in Florence, to launch the ambitious school cycling project set to attract young talents to Jávea from across Europe.

Johan Museeuw, known as the Lion of Flanders, is a modern-day cycling legend. He started his career as a cycling sprinter conquering the deciding stage of Champs-Elysées in Paris during the 1990 Tour de France, although over the years he has changed his style of competing, only taking part in classic cycle races. His flair for these one-day races is highlighted by his three victories in the Tour of Flanders and his other three wins in the Paris-Roubaix race, as well as holding the record for the number of combined podium places. His most famous victories were the 1995 and 1996 UCI Road World Cup, and more importantly, the competitive route of the 1996 UCI Road World Championships in Lugano. Museeuw is the only cyclist in history to win both competitions in the same year.