WATCH: Rider tangles in ribbon, teammate waits and lets him win

Does giving up victory while your buddy frees himself – and then giving him the win – equal team-mate of the year?

Alessandro Tonelli wins stage one of Volta a la Communitat Valenciana 2024
(Image credit: Getty Images / Dario Belingheri)

Usually when a rider finds themselves draped in ribbon at the end of a bicycle race, it means they're going home with a trophy. But for VF-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè rider Alessandro Tonelli, it meant watching potential victory in the first stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana disappear from his grasp.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.