Generations Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy and Jan Janssen say goodbye to cycling champion Herman Vanspringel (Grobbendonk)

Flanders has recently been spoiled with new cycling champions such as Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel and Cian Uijtdebroeks. But last week we lost a very big champion with Herman Vanspringel. The fact that Vanspringel has meant a lot to Dutch cycling was once again apparent at his funeral, which started at 11 a.m. in the De Volle Vaart community center in Grobbendonk. Generations like Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy, Walter Godefroot and Jan Janssen wanted to be there to pay a last tribute to ‘Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris’. 600 seats were placed in the building. They are all occupied. A hundred people watch the ceremony outside on a large screen.

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At the beginning of the service a farewell word was read on behalf of Herman Vanspringel’s wife. She told that she always called her husband sweetheart and how he looked surprised when she called him Herman.

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Eddy Merckx and his wife arrive at the funeral in Grobbendonk. — © mph

Former cycling champion Rik Van Looy and radio maker Luc Verschueren arrive at cc De Volle Vaart in Grobbendonk

Former cycling champion Rik Van Looy and radio maker Luc Verschueren arrive at cc De Volle Vaart in Grobbendonk — © mph

The Dutch cycling legend Jan Janssen was also present at the funeral.

The Dutch cycling legend Jan Janssen was also present at the funeral. — © Joren De Weerdt

Cycling fans honor the deceased cycling champion Herman Vanspringel in an appropriate way

Cycling fans honor the deceased cycling champion Herman Vanspringel in an appropriate way — © Joren De Weerdt

The people who followed the funeral outside the hall were also allowed to greet Herman Vanspringel's urn at the end.

The people who followed the funeral outside the hall were also allowed to greet Herman Vanspringel’s urn at the end. — © Joren De Weerdt

Outside the crowded hall, the funeral is followed by dozens of other attendees.

Outside the crowded hall, the funeral is followed by dozens of other attendees. — © Joren De Weerdt

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TV figure and good friend Mark Uytterhoeven was also present at the funeral.

TV figure and good friend Mark Uytterhoeven was also present at the funeral. — © Joren De Weerdt

Wouter Vandenhaute paid a final greeting to Herman Vanspringel.

Wouter Vandenhaute paid a final greeting to Herman Vanspringel. — © Joren De Weerdt

Cycling fans honor the deceased cycling champion Herman Vanspringel appropriately.

Cycling fans honor the deceased cycling champion Herman Vanspringel appropriately. — © Joren De Weerdt

The urn with the ashes of Herman Vanspringel

The urn with the ashes of Herman Vanspringel — © Joren De Weerdt

Old images of the cycling champion will be shown at the funeral. Everything can also be followed on a big screen outside the hall.

Old images of the cycling champion will be shown at the funeral. Everything can also be followed on a big screen outside the hall. — © Joren De Weerdt

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