Swansea City's new cycling obsessed manager hopes to meet Geraint Thomas one day

Francesco Guidolin, the new manager of Swansea City, says he rides 12,000 miles a year, commentates on the Giro d'Italia and goes to the Tour de France each year

Liberty Stadium (Photo: Ben Elkins/CC2.0)

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.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.