Yesterday, we highlighted a number of celebrities’ “dream bikes” that are currently on display at the London Transport Museum, ahead of being auctioned off next week to benefit the social enterprises that made them.
As road.cc user handlebarcam pointed out in a comment to our story, if you happen to be Lord Sugar – worth a cool £92 million according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2010 – “you'd think he could afford something better than Sora, Suntour cranks, and old Look Deltas.”
Well, the fact is, he can, and as highlighted in a profile in on the Mail Online website last year, the keen cyclist’s favourite bike, costing £7,000, is built around a limited edition Pinarello Prince of Spain frame, painted in Spanish national champion colours and produced by the Italian manufacturer in honour of none other than Alejandro Valverde.
We reckon that could lead to an unmissable PR opportunity for the Caisse d’Epargne team, which Pinarello supplies, should it decide to change tack and withdraw its support for its team leader, who last month was banned until January 2012 following a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In the event that the team’s management decide to get a hatchet man in to tell Valverde that his services are no longer required, who better than the former Sir Alan, who besides riding the same bike, divides his time between homes in Essex, Florida and Spain, and who has proved on TV’s The Apprentice that he doesn’t flinch when breaking the bad news?
The entrepreneur probably already knows how to say this in Valverde’s native tongue, but in case he doesn’t, the words he needs, as used in the series El Aprendiz, are “Estás despedido!” – “You’re fired!”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.