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Didi the Devil is back - and he's got a new bike!

Cycling's favourite eccentric German shows off his latest creation at Eurobike...

Each year Eurobike gives plenty of reasons to be cheerful, showcasing the latest bikes, but few will be as welcome this year as the Bottle Bike created by Didi Senft, better known as Didi the Devil, who was missing from the roadside at the Tour de France in July for the first time in nearly two decades while he was recovering from brain surgery.

Didi may not quite be up to his trademark leaping up and down at the roadside trident in hand just yet, but he's obviously been busy putting together his latest creation, incorporating dozens of bidons, for the bike museum he runs in his home town of Storkow near Berlin.

The 60-year-old had to have blood clots removed from his brain earlier this year, but it's great to see him back in his costume and hopefully it won't be too long before we see that painted trident on the road surface at big races, warning the riders that he's waiting a little further along to give them his own unique brand of encouragement.

Simon joined 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.

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