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Crotone boss Davide Nicola completes 800-mile bike ride after his side survive Serie A drop

Crotone's chief vowed to players he would bike ride across Italy if they stayed up

Serie A boss Davide Nicola has completed a 812-mile bike ride across the length of Italy after making a bet with his struggling side.

In April, Nicola struck a deal with his Crotone players, telling them he would take to the saddle if they avoided relegation.

Davide Nicola begins his 800-mile bike ride

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Davide Nicola, right, begins his 800-mile bike ride

Crotone looked certain to go down after winning just three games of their first 29 games.

But they miraculously won six of their final nine matches of the season to avoid the drop by two points.

The 44-year-old Crotone boss pledged to make the trip if his side avoided relegation

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The 44-year-old Crotone boss pledged to make the trip if his side avoided relegation

Nicola, 44, arrived in his home town of Vigone near Turin on Sunday – nine days after leaving Crotone.

He said: “Am I tired? I still do not feel any particular pain.

“It’s been a beautiful journey, a fairytale. From tomorrow maybe I will feel a bit tired, but what matters most to me is that my goal has been achieved.”

His journey took him up the whole length Italy

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His ‘fairytale’ journey took him up the whole length Italy

Nicola’s journey was especially poignant – three years ago his 14-year-old son Alessandro was killed after being knocked off his bike by a bus in Vigone.

He was delighted at the opportunity to draw attention to road safety.

Nicola rode for nine days to honour his pledge

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Nicola rode for nine days to honour his pledge

He added: “I kept the promise and, with the help of many people, we have also attracted the attention of many people to the question of safety on the roads.

“Here in Turin I was greeted with great enthusiasm, I am very excited.”

He arrived in his home town of Vigone near Turin on Sunday - nine days after leaving

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Nicola with his team outside Tower of Pisa

As for Crotone,  they began the final day of the season in the bottom three.

But a 3-1 win over Lazio and Empoli’s defeat by Palermo saw them survive in their maiden season in the Italian top flight.

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