Saturday 17 March 2018

Bike mascot is winner by a long nose

Alasdair Fotheringham Madrid

IT ALMOST beggars belief, or perhaps, on reflection, it could not be more appropriate.

Cycling is currently reeling from revelations of how Lance Armstrong cheated his way to a record-breaking seven Tour de France wins.

And in a master-stroke of publicity, the new mascot for the World Cycling Championships in Tuscany, Italy, is the most famous liar of all -- Pinocchio.

The choice of Pinocchio is apparently due to his Tuscan origins, given the figure first appears in 1883 in a fairytale written by the Florentine author, Carlo Collodi. (© Independent News Service)

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