Crotone’s chief arrived in his home town of Vigone after pedalling for nine days on his ‘beautiful, fairytale journey’
SERIE A boss Davide Nicola has completed a 812-mile bike ride up 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.
Crotone looked certain to go down having won just three games from their previous 29.
But they miraculously won six of their final nine matches of the season to avoid the drop by two points.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.