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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.
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.
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.