If you’ve ever wondered what the house of a Belgian champion looks like, now is your chance to find out. Peter Van Petergem and his wife Angelique Segaert have opened a bed and breakfast guesthouse near Sint Maria Horebeke, bang in the middle of the Brussels, Kortrijk and Gent triangle. It’s 10km from Geraardsbergen.
The venture is named Le Pavé, a nod to Van Petegem’s 2003 Paris-Roubaix win. Offering a lot more comfort than the Roubaix showers, it’s almost as exclusive with the price tag of up to €250 per night. It’s hip-achingly modern, complete with a less-than-Flemish olive tree in the courtyard.
As well as the name, there’s a cycling touch as the hosts are delighted to welcome visiting cyclists and apparently “superior Innergetic mattresses guarantee an excellent night’s rest“, a phrase that sounds like it’s been copied from the Quick Step press manual.
Still, speaking to Belgian travel website Grand.be, Madame Petegem says this is not meant to be a “pilgrimage for old fans“, adding that she’s had a diverse range of guests, with 70% coming from abroad. It’s very much Angelique Segaert’s project, with Peter Van Petegem mostly occupied selling insurance these days but if you ask, he’s often around for a chat. He might be less likely to appear if he takes up the offer to join Garmin-Cervélo’s management team.
More at http://www.lepave.be/