Granieri is one of the glitziest and most unpredictable riders on the tour. One of many examples: at the 2010 Red Bull Rampage event in Utah, he plumped for the ballsy line over a 15m drop, pulled off the landing and followed it up immediately with a backflip, which he also landed, but he then rolled into some prickly shrubs. Other, crestfallen riders might have chosen to simply roll on down to the finish, but not Granieri. Just for the fun of it, he did another backflip and came down hard. It’s a professional freerider’s job to not let anything show – to be invincible, immortal as cool as ice, a party animal, to pick up girls and to be a shining example for young people all the while – but not many are made of such tough stuff.
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