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Quick Step Floors pro crashes into a BEAR while training in California

Matteo Trentin happily unharmed after close encounter of the ursine kind

Among the things you don't want to meet while descending at speed is a bear. But that's what happened to Quick Step Floors rider Matteo Trentin over the weekend while training in California.

The two-time Tour de France stage winner - who also has a stage of the Giro d'Italia among his palmares - posted a picture of his shattered helmet to Instagram, along with a brief description of what had happened.

The 27-year-old Italian, who rode in the Tour of California earlier this month then stayed to train in the Lkae Tahoe area, wrote: "Always wear a helmet fellas!!it can also happen that during training a bear cross your path when you are in a fast downhill.

"No space to brake so i got an accident with him!! He wasnt a fluffy teddybear."

He added: "Thanks @iamspecialized_road for the fast replacement!! On the road again!!"

Encounters between bears and cyclists are not unusual, but typically happen away from roads.

Earlier this month we reported how a mountain biker in Slovakia had filmed a friend of his being chased by a bear on a trail through some woods.

> Video: Bear charges at mountain biker

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