There's something oddly brilliant about professional cyclists sitting on a donkey

Sit back and enjoy a bizarre selection of photos from the Vuelta a España by Yuzuru Sunada

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Mikel Landa on a donkey Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
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Yukiya Arashiro takes his polka-dot dog for a ride.
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We've all been thinking it, waiting, wondering, longing. When, oh when were we finally going to get the opportunity to see professional cyclists posing on a decorated (and decidedly miserable) donkey?

Well the wait is finally over, as the Vuelta a España organisers set about rectifying this at the start of stage three in Mijas on Monday. Ever wanted to see Sammy Sanchez sit on a glammed up equine while simultaneously being hugged by a man dressed up in an orange donkey suit? Here's your chance.

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Imagine if the Premier League made Wayne Rooney pose with a overly decorated cow outside Old Trafford before the start of a game. It just wouldn't happen. Which pretty much sums-up the eccentric brilliance you definitely should love about this sport.

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Sammy's enjoying it. But not as much as that guy in the orange suit.
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Carlos Verona goes side saddle
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Matteo Montaguti takes his chance in the spotlight. The rider behind looks less than impressed.
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There's even a queue forming behind Alberto Losada...
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Mikel Landa gets aero on his ass
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Ben King and Alex Howes take their donkey riding seriously.
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Leonardo Duque says he's just doing it for the kid, but we really know it's for him
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And finally...

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Fabio Aru takes his turn, as Vincenzo Nibali curses his luck that he got disqualified before the donkey day
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