Astana have revealed their latest signing, but you won’t see him racing on the road this season – he’s none other than trials ace Vittorio Brumotti.
For the last couple of years, the Italian former world champion has popped up regularly in Tinkoff kit, teaming up on occasion with another wearer of the rainbow jersey, Peter Sagan.
But while speculation in the latter half of 2016 focused on where the likes of Sagan, multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador and British road champion Adam Blythe might end up once the team folded, little thought was given to Brumotti’s potential destination.
The video from Astana, shot at the team’s recent training camp in Spain, shows Brumotti – who when not on the bike juggles diverse roles in Italy as a TV presenter and high school information technology teacher – go through his full range of skills.
The show-stopping moment, though, is one of his trademarks – riding along aa bridge parapet, with a sheer drop onto rocks below.
Definitely not one to try at home.
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