Serie A boss cycles length of Italy after his team avoided relegation

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Nicola and his fellow travelling companions took this photo outside the leaning tower of Pisa

A Serie A manager has completed a 1,300km bike ride up the length of Italy, after telling his players he would do so if they avoided relegation.

Davide Nicola made the deal in April, when Crotone looked certain to go down.

But they won six of their final nine matches of the season to avoid the drop by two points, after having won just three games from their previous 29.

The 44-year-old arrived in his home town of Vigone near Turin on Sunday – nine days after leaving Crotone.

“Am I tired? I still do not feel any particular pain,” he said.

This map of Italy shows the departure point and destination of Nicola’s journey, but the route is indicated only for illustrative purposes

“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.”

Three years ago, Nicola’s 14-year-old son Alessandro was killed after being knocked off his bike