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PHOTOS: Anderson Cooper Rides (With) Chiseled Gent

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OH SNAP — Is this fella the latest in Anderson Cooper‘s string of romances? There was Julio Cesar Recio, then JD Ordonez from Real World, and now maybe his new biker pal. The pair were spotted Friday cycling around the West Village, just south of Cooper’s home in Chelsea in NYC, perhaps picking up some takeout (for a Michael Jackson music video marathon?).

Look at their adorable matching Fred Perry polos! Also matching: their pecs — though the biceps of the as-yet-unidentified partner are a few inches larger than the wee CNN newsman’s.

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UPDATE: An eagle-eyed reader Nitesurf ID’d The Coop’s new beau as Paris native Benjamin Maisani, a co-owner of the East Village bar Eastern Bloc, who “Anderson has been with this one for a few months.” (He’s seen here with fellow proprietors Darren Dryden and Gabriel Beaton.)

(Photos: Pacific Coast News)