When Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team driver Valtteri Bottas is not racing around the F1 circuit at 220mph he loves to race bikes – and make the podium. Which is exactly what he did at the BEKING Monaco races on 28 November in Monaco.
While Tour de France champions Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar were racing to win the 1st pro edition of BEKING Monaco (Roglic won), Bottas was racing to win the the ProAm version.
The day opened with Bottas and his partner, pro cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, racing in an amateur race, which saw 12 teams – each made up of two professional cyclists, a charity ambassador and two amateurs – engage in a team time trial to raise funds for the Michele Scarponi Foundation and the Monegasque Foundation.
Time trialing for 60 minutes on a 1.3km course, Paris-Roubaix winner Sonny Colbrelli (BAHRAIN – VICTORIUS) and Tiffany Cromwell (CANYON- SRAM) led Bottas, Thomas Delabre and John Bertolino to finish in 2nd place and earn a spot on the podium.
3x World Champion Peter Sagan’s (BORA – HANSGROHE) team finished 1st, while Jakob Fuglsang’s (ASTANA) team finished 3rd.
When reporters talked to him about his results in the event, Bottas joked, “It feels like I’m getting more podiums in cycling races than in F1 nowadays!”
In 2021 Valtteri Bottas has been a regular at amateur cycling races whenever he gets a little time off from his busy F1 work schedule. He podiumed at the SBT Gravel race in the USA in August and again at the Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas in October.
After BEKING Monaco, Bottas headed to Saudi Arabia and switched out his Canyon road bike for his Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance racing machine to prepare for the first Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Gran Prix taking place 5 December.
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