Michele Scarponi’s unusual training companion, Frankje, has clearly been missing the Italian cyclist.
In a heartbreaking image captured at the place where Scarponi lost his life, the parrot was seen sitting alone on a sign where tributes were being laid for the Italian road racer following his death.
Scarponi clearly had a special bond with Frankje as seen from the videos the Italian posted on social media.
con l’amico Frankje🐔🐤🚴🏋🏻😂 pic.twitter.com/NjaMO8OOzc
— Michele Scarponi (@MicheleScarponi) 7 ianuarie 2016
Frankie is something of a local celebrity in Filottrano and two years ago hit the headlines after she went missing for several days.
Scarponi died at the age of 37 after being involved in a collision with a van during a training ride.