French farmers request Giro d'Italia wolf mascot stay at home when race crosses border

A fluffy wolf mascot for the Giro d'Italia may not travel with the race on stages 19 and 20 as it enters France over "provocation" claims from French farmers

Lupo Wolfie (Photo: Twitter/@giroditalia)

International relations will be put to the test next week as the Giro d'Italia moves outside of its home country into southern France for two days, but while the riders will be widely welcomed, the race's mascot will not.

Lupo Wolfie, a fluffy wolf wearing a pink jersey, was introduced to the Giro last season and seemingly just wanders around patting children on the head and posing for photographs with fans.

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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.