Scarponi’s training partner Frankje returns to place where rider lost his life

Scarponi's parrot

Michele Scarponi’s unusual training companion, Frankje, has clearly been missing the Italian cyclist.

FrankjeIn 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.

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.


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