Astana's Davide Martinelli is bike couriering to help the elderly on lockdown in his home village

The Italian lives in a village without any shops and so has been transporting supplies from a nearby town

Davide Martinelli (Instragram/Getty)

Astana's Davide Martinelli has swapped the pro peloton for bike couriering, delivering food and medicines to the elderly in his home village who can't get out due to the coronavirus lockdown.

There are no shops or a pharmacy in the Italian village of Lodetto, near Brescia in Lombardy, and so the pro cyclist has been riding to the nearby town of Rovato, and picked up medicine for an elderly couple on Wednesday.

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