We don’t dip our toes into the murky world of football very often here at Cycling Weekly, but when we heard that the new Swansea City manager cycles 12,000 miles a year it piqued our interest.
Few people on these shores had heard of Francesco Guidolin before he was named as Garry Monk’s successor at the Liberty Stadium – even his own players had to Google who he was.
And in an interview with the Daily Mail, the 60-year-old Italian says that once he settles in South Wales he will ship his bike over and get back in the saddle.
“It’s my great passion It’s more than a hobby – it’s an important thing for me, to be active, to do sport and above all to cycle,” he said. “It takes away my stress.”
“Every year I go on television (to commentate) for a stage of the Giro d’Italia. In the past, when I was younger they asked me to do a climb too. When I was younger I competed in races a little, now it’s just a hobby.
“Every year I go to the Tour de France. I have an apartment in the Cote d’Azur. I worked for Monaco and I like the area very much. But even before that me and my family went to the Tour for one or two stages almost every year.”
It begs the question – which other football managers should take to two wheels to relieve the stress caused by the beautiful game?
Louis Van Gaal could probably benefit from a spin around the country lanes of Cheshire to escape the constant media attention, but I can’t see Big Sam Allardyce riding round the Wearside very much.