World champion Peter Sagan gives Tinkoff team-mate Oscar Gatto a lift out of the team hotel

Never one to stick to convention, road race world champion Peter Sagan has found a new way to transport his team-mates to their training rides.

Sagan’s Tinkoff squad posted a video clip of the Slovak giving Italian team-mate Oscar Gatto a lift on the handlebars of his mountain bike out of the hotel and on to a training ride.

Former junior mountain bike world champion Sagan is well known for his bike handling skills, and carrying a fully-grown man (albeit a relatively lightweight professional cyclist) on your handlebars is not something everyone should try.

Peter Sagan gives Oscar Gatto a lift

Peter Sagan gives Oscar Gatto a lift

Although Sagan said that he was disappointed to lose out on the Tirreno-Adriatico win by just one second over Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) on Tuesday, he has obviously not lost his sense of humour.

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Sagan now turns his attention to Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, where he will wear the number one bib in the absence of 2015 winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin).

Sagan ranks as one of the favourites for the long 291km race, and he will be hoping to take his first victory in rainbow stripes – and his first win in one of cycling’s great monuments.

He may have to lose Gatto from the front of his bike for that one.