A Day in the Life of Pro Cyclist Valentina Scandolara: at home in the mountains with Alvin, family and good food

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After taking on the iconic cobbled roads of the Champs-Elysees for the third annual La Course, Valentina “The Little Italian” Scandolara returned to her home in Tregnago, Italy for some training and recovery time.

Curious how she spends her time at home, we gave her the login details to our Twitter account and let her run with it for a day.

Scandolara is the fourth rider in our Twitter Takeover series, an interactive way to provide our readers with unique insights into the daily lives of pro cyclists, and to answers the questions of “what do they eat?”, “How do they train?” and “what do they do all day”.

Scadolara, 26, is currently in her eighth year as a professional cyclist and riding for Cylance Pro Cycling. Prior to professional cycling, Scandolara was a national champion runner and soccer player, and saw a lot of success as a junior cyclist, winning various national and European championships on the road and the track. As a cyclist she is known for being a selfless domestique with a fearless attacking style and a good finishing sprint. She’ll take the win when given the opportunity and her palmares includes podium finishes at races like the Santos Women’s Tour, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race, Drentse 8, Giro d’Italia, and the Ladies’ Tour of Norway.

She was part of the Australian Orica-AIS squad for a few years and is the only Italian I’ve ever met who uses the words “Mate” and “G’Day”.

Here’s how Vale spends her time at home in between races:

Thank you all for tuning in and a big thank you to Vale for sharing her day with us!

Follow @ellacyclingtips and the hashtag #adayinthelife to see Valentina Scandolara’s full day, and stay tuned for more Twitter takeovers.

Up next we’ve got Finnish rider Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla).

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