Crotone boss to make good on 800-mile forfeit after avoiding relegation

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The Sharks coach told Italian press he would cycle from the club's stadium to his hometown in Turin if they stayed up

Crotone manager Davide Nicola is putting in the final preparations ahead of an 800-mile bike ride on Friday – honouring a promise he jokingly made to reporters if his side avoided relegation.

The Calabria side were 18th after 30 games and five points from safety, but a fairytale end to the season saw them claim five wins, including a 3-1 victory over Lazio on the final day, to confirm their survival.

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Nicola told the media on April 7: “If I save Crotone, I will ride my bike up to Turin.”

True to his word, he will be starting tomorrow at Crotone’s stadium and cycling all the way to his hometown of Vigone over 800 miles away, as well as stopping at six other places he played or coached.

The 44-year-old, whose son Alessandro died in a bike crash aged just 14, has also been raising money for charities who help road accident victims and families.

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