April 22, 2017 (Filottrano, Italy) – Veteran Italian rider Michele Scarponi, 37, has been killed during a training ride according to reports and a release by his Astana Pro Team, “This is a tragedy too big to be written. Our athlete Michele Scarponi died this morning after being hit by a van on a crossroad while he was training on his bike close to his home in Filottrano, Italy. Born on September 25, 1979, he leaves a wife and two kids.”
“Michele had just finished 4th at the Tour of the Alps yesterday afternoon in Trento and travelled home by car to Filottrano (Ancona) with his masseur and spent the evening with his family. This morning he went out on his bike for an early morning training ride when the tragedy happened.” Scarponi won the opening stage was in the leader’s jersey for a short time.
“We lost a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation. He was a real milestone rider and a landmark for everyone on the Astana Pro Team.
The Astana Pro Team reaches out to Michele’s family in this incredibly painful moment of sorrow and mourning.”
Scarponi was declared the winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2011 following the disqualification of Alberto Contador (Esp) who received a two-year ban for a positive test for the stimulant clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour. The legendary Scarponi, who was renowned for training with his pet parrot, also won the 2009 Tirreno-Adriatico, the 2011 Volta a Catalunya and the 2011 Giro del Trentino races.
Pedal joins the cycling community in extending condolences to Scarponi’s family, friends and teammates.