Olympic gold and silver medallists have a bit of an All Creatures Great and Small moment

In what the Yorkshire Post wonders might be "the most quintessentially Yorkshire moment ever," two of the region's sporting heroes, Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan, rescued some spring lambs while on a training ride and put them back in their field.

Jonathan - who took bronze behind his brother at London 2012 and silver last year in Rio as Alistair retained his Olympic triathlon title - posted a picture of the episode to Twitter.

The Yorkshire Post notes that their younger brother, Ed, would be impressed by their efforts - he is training to be a vet.

A cynic might say that saving a lamb before Easter is a bit like rescuing an escaped turkey from the roadside before Christmas, but the brothers get a thumbs-up from us.

If you cycle in the countryside, of course, you'll know that coming across wayward creatures is not that unusual - so let us know in the comments below about your experiences of helping out our four-legged or feathered friends.


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.