Vatican cyclist spreading the pope’s message at worlds

"He rides a bike well. Valerio Agnoli, a volunteer coach for Schuurhuis and a former teammate of Grand Tour winners Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali, said,

"That's a high level." Schuurhuis trains on the busy roads of Rome, where his day job is running a company that sells materials for 3D printers.

He sometimes goes to the Alban Hills, where the pope's summer home, Castel Gandolfo, is usually located.  

Aside from a recent photo opportunity, Schuurhuis doesn't really ride inside the Vatican.

"I might have done it with my son once," he said. But you can't really walk through St. Peter's Square. So I think the police told us to stop. "

Schuurhuis doesn't think he has a chance to win. The message of the pope is his main goal.

Like when he went to a church event with Indigenous Australians on Friday

or when Belgian star Wout van Aert looked for him during training the day before.

"When people see that special white and yellow jersey, it makes them curious," Agnoli said.

Agnoli pointed out that cycling happens on open roads, near people's homes, and isn't limited to people who have paid to get into a stadium or arena.

The Vatican would like to send a team to the Olympics one day.

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