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Vatican sends holy rouleur Down Under on world road cycling mission

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theguardian.com

When Rien Schuurhuis rolls out for the men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday, he will bring a novel and some might even say holy presence to the most-significant one-day race on the global cycling calendar.

Schuurhuis will cut a lonely figure in a peloton of almost 200 cyclists, from a few dozen nations, but for the first-time in cycling history the Vatican City will be racing for the sacred rainbow jersey.

Last year, the Vatican – the small independent city-state in Rome, Italy governed by the Catholic Church – joined cycling’s global body, the UCI.

The move came following the establishment of Athletica Vaticana in 2018 to pursue sporting opportunities for Vatican employees, citizens and their family members.

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