When Michele Scarponi was killed in April in a collision involving a truck while training close to his home in Italy's Marche region, many of his fellow professional cyclists took to Twitter to express their shock at the news -- among them his friend Luis Angel Maté , with the Cofidis rider vowing to always remember him and to tell Scarponi's children how wonderful their father was.
Today, Mateé seems to have been training on the roads near Scarponi's home town of Filottrano, and had company in the shape of Frankie, the female blue and yellow macaw who would often ride along perched on Scarponi's shoulder or helmet enjoying some fame thanks to the videos the Italian would post on social media of their training rides together.
Maté's red Cofidis kit may be less of a match for Frankie's plumage as Scarponi's Astana jersey was, but her fans will be happy to see her out and about enjoying a ride again.
— Luis Ángel Maté (@luisangelmate) October 2, 2017
Posting a video to Twitter this morning, Maté said, "We miss the Eagle" - a reference to Scarponi's nickname, l'Aquila.
Speaking to Frankie, he says: "How much we miss our friend, eh?" before she flies off.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.