Pope on a bike! Francis given customized racing bicycle – The Local Italy


Pope Francis has been given a two-wheeled Popemobile. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


The answer is Pope Francis on a bike, a prospect made tantalizingly possible by the pontiff’s latest gift. 


Francis was presented with a customized racing bike on Wednesday by three-time world cycling champion Peter Sagan, who dropped off the bicycle during a visit to the Vatican.


The speedy-looking two-wheeler came in the papal colours, gold and white, and was emblazoned with “Francesco”. 



Peter Sagan (centre) with the Pope’s bike. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


The Slovakian cyclist, who attended the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, also offered the signed jersey he wore as world champion. 


This is the pontiff’s second pedal-powered Popemobile: in 2015, during a visit to Philadelphia in the US, he was presented with a more sturdy model by local bike makers Breezer. They also donated 100 bicycles to community programmes in the city.


They’re the least flashy, but most eco-friendly, of the various vehicles that the Pope has received as gifts, which include a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Lamborghini sports car. 


He had both vehicles auctioned off to raise money for charity. 


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