Former Giro winner Michele Scarponi dies in training crash
Apr 22 2017 10:50 am CET

Former Giro winner Michele Scarponi dies in training crash
Former Giro winner Michele Scarponi dies in training crash


Italian cyclist and former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi has died in a training crash in his home town of Filottrano.

The 37-year-old was reportedly hit by a van while riding on an industrial road. The accident was witnessed by several other drivers but they were unable to help the cyclist, who died on the spot.

Scarponi had been riding for Astana since 2014 and was scheduled to be the team's leader for the upcoming Giro d'Italia. The Italian had won this race while riding for Diquiguivanni-Androni in 2011 and finished fourth in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The rider turned professional in 2002, making him one of the most experienced cyclists in the current peloton. Apart from his Giro win, his palmares includes victories in the Tirreno-Adriatico (2009), the Volta a Catalunya (2011) and the Giro del Trentino (2011).

Scarponi had been in good form recently, having won a stage at the Tour of the Alps where he ended up finishing in fourth place overall.

In a press statement, Astana said that "this is a tragedy to big to be written".

"Michele ended 4th in the Tour of Alps yesterday afternoon in Trento. Then he went home in Filottrano (Ancona) by car with his masseur and was home in the evening to his family," the message read.

"This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened.

We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was a real mile stone and a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team.

The Astana Pro Team clings to the Michele family in this incredibly painful moment of sorrow and mourning."

Scarponi left a wife and two children.

From CyclingPub, we want to extend our condolences to Michele's loved ones.
Photo of Michele Scarponi by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas



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