April 22, 2017
Michele Scarponi Killed in Training Crash
Michele Scarponi has been killed on a training ride this morning. He was in collision with a minibus at a crossroads and died at the scene.
The Italian, a former Giro d'Italia champion had returned from the Tour of the Alps, having won the opening stage, and was on a early morning training ride. Medical services were on the scene very quickly but were unable to revive the rider.
37 year old Scarponi leaves his wife, and two twins sons.Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov said in a statement: “We are in deep shock, it is a huge sorrow for all of us, for family, friends and colleagues of Michele.
“Michele Scarponi was a great champion. This is a huge loss, no words to express my pain. On behalf of the entire Astana Team my condolences go out to the family and friends of Michele Scarponi.”
Scarponi was due to lead Astana at the Giro.
Tributes have been pouring in via social media
In our memory forever... Big champion and great friend... Michele Scarponi, you are in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/6P3QsStiXX— Astana Proteam (@AstanaTeam) April 22, 2017
Paralizado y sin palabras ante la noticia sobre el atropello a Scarponi,gran persona y siempre con una sonrisa contagiosa.D.E.P amigo.— Alberto Contador (@albertocontador) April 22, 2017