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Sonny Colbrelli gets a Paris-Roubaix tattoo as he finds a new role in Bahrain Victorious

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Sonny Colbrelli and his victory in Paris-Roubaix in 2021 marked his career, and now it will mark his arm.

The recently retired Italian made sure of that when he recently got some fresh ink tattooed on his right arm to commemorate his emotional win.

Colbrelli’s new tattoo comes as the Italian transitions to a new life without racing.

He recently confirmed that he will retire from racing following his health problem this spring when he went into cardiac arrest at the Volta a Catalunya.

Unable to continue his sports career, Colbrelli announced that he will assume the role of ambassador at Bahrain Victorious.

“After that March 21 Tour of Catalonia my life changed,” Colbrelli said at an event on Tuesday. “During the days in the hospital I understood that my life would change. It was not easy in those days, but I understood that there is life, there is only one.

“The bike has given me and taken a lot, I am realistic. I have never been a phenomenon, I have always put a lot of effort into it. Now I’ve had to stop, but I still consider myself lucky.”

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Bahrain Victorious officials confirmed that Colbrelli will continue in a new role with the team until 2024.

Colbrelli knows he dodged a bullet and wants to give something back.

“Few people can talk about my experience, because in most cases you die after cardiac arrest,” Colbrelli said. La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Now I have great support from many people, my family helps me a lot and other priorities immediately took over from the bike. I look forward to giving a lot back to cycling, starting to play a new role in Bahrain Victorious.”

Colbrelli was implanted with a subcutaneous defibrillator, which allows him to lead a normal life, but under Italian law, he cannot compete in professional sports.

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