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Quick-Step Floors' Matteo Trentin took on a bear - or rather, it took on him - and came off second best.
Cycling Central

30 May 2017 - 9:37 AM  UPDATED 30 May 2017 - 9:47 AM

If you go down to the woods today... and you're altitude training in West Shore Lake Tahoe, California, you're definitely sure of a big surprise.  

Trentin was out training when a bear crossed his path on a descent. 

"No space to brake so I got in an accident with him," Trentin posted on Instagram. 

"He wasn't a fluffy teddybear!" 

Bears are a major feature of the region, so much so riders at the women's Amgen Tour of California raced nearby a few weeks ago expected to see some.

One almost obliged, rocking up to a stage start although it was a little late. 

Glad to hear Trentin is OK and his lid also did its job.  

It could not be confirmed if the bear was on his way to a picnic with his mates.