ROME 

An Italian cycling champion has found a special way to exploit his ability as an athlete: he uses his bike to deliver medicines and food to elderly people in his home village amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Davide Martinelli — a cyclist with Astana and the Italian national team — is now a zero-cost rider for his fellow citizens in the tiny village of Lodetto near the city of Brescia — one of the areas in the northern Lombardy region worst-hit by the outbreak.

“Lodetto is a special place for me. Around 1,500 people live there, but unfortunately, there’s no

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