Watch: Dog joins bike race; has the time of its life as it races ahead of peloton

Canine speeds ahead of group in Italian gran fondo

Unlikely as it seems, dogs have a proud history in pro cycling, and now we have another entry into the canine hall of fame.

While most times a dog gets involved in a bike race it strolls out into the path of the peloton and causes a massive crash, this mutt is more ambitious, outpacing the group for a considerable amount of time.

Starting off at the side of the road, the dog then defies police motorbikes to make its way into the middle of the road, picking up the pace to stay ahead of the pack.

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Meanwhile the riders behind, who we think are competing in an Italian gran fondo, seem unsure what to do, with a couple of them attempting to come sneak around the side of the dog, who tries a typical sprinter's manoeuvre, shutting the door and trying to run them off the road.

Unfortunately by this time the dog is beginning to tire, eventually subsumed into the peloton, before presumably having a long walk home to its owner.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.