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Giro d'Italia cyclist Marengo turns delivery man to stay fit

COLLEGNO: He truly must be coaching for the Giro d'Italia as a substitute of creating deliveries all the way through the coronavirus pandemic. But how else is a professional Italian bike owner meant to stay fit?

At least that's what Umberto Marengo was once pondering when he determined to drag on his lycra and get started hauling pasta and pizza around the suburbs of the northern Italian town of Turin.

Marengo and his little Italian workforce Vini Zabu-KTM are still looking to acquire a measure of respectability on the professional excursion circuit.

The KTM riders regarded as themselves fortunate to have even certified for one of the vital 3 Grand Tours.

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But the Giro is probably not beginning on May 9 because of the virus that has formally killed virtually 26,000 around the Mediterranean country.

The 27-year-old had little to do however sit at home together with his girlfriend. The subject of ice cream got here up and Marengo's new profession soon adopted.

"We searched the internet and found this ice cream parlour making home deliveries," Marengo remembers.

"So I began to wonder if I couldn't find some people who needed someone to make their deliveries for them."

Marengo were given involved with the mayor and was once soon speeding along abandoned town streets on his racing bike -- a rucksack full of deli sandwiches strapped to his back.

"The customers are all amazed," Marengo admits.

"Especially since I always try to go up by the stairs to stay that little bit fitter."

The pandemic has performed as much havoc with the global sports activities agenda as it has with most other aspects of existence.

The Giro has still now not been rescheduled and the time-frame for the 2 other main biking races -- the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana -- is unknown.

But Italy is preparing to ease its way out of what is now the world's longest energetic nationwide lockdown when the current restrictions expire on May three.

Marengo and the other riders will soon drop what they are doing and enter extreme coaching regimes.

The KLM rider says turning in meals has been rewarding -- although maybe now not extraordinarily helpful for staying racer-fit.

"This is mainly to stay useful to my community," he says.

He makes as much as 30 deliveries a day and has managed to set a personal lockdown report by way of driving 70 kilometres (45 miles) in a day -- less than half the average period of a single degree.

Marengo conceded that he'll almost certainly have a lot of ground to make up when he makes his last supply as soon as Italians' stay-at-home orders are lifted.

"This really has nothing to do with normal training, even if I try to make every delivery as quickly as possible," Marengo says.

But a minimum of he has managed to steer clear of being driven through punishing routines on the gymnasium -- now closed -- by way of his teacher.

"I never liked it," Marengo says of the tedious hours on the gymnasium.

"That's another reason I started making deliveries. It allows me to clear my head."

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