Michele Scarponi, who received the Giro d’Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van whereas coaching on Saturday. He was 37.
Scarponi was coaching close to his residence of Filottrano, close to Ancona, when he was hit by a van at a crossroad, Group Astana mentioned.
In keeping with Italian media studies, the Astana bicycle owner died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency companies which arrived promptly.
Group Astana referred to as it “a tragedy too huge to be written” in an announcement.
“We left a terrific champion and a particular man, at all times smiling in each state of affairs, he was an actual mile stone and a landmark for everybody within the Astana Professional Group,” it added.
Scarponi is survived by a spouse and twin sons, who’re solely 4 years outdated.
He had returned residence after ending fourth within the Tour of the Alps on Friday in Trento. He received the primary stage on Monday.
Scarponi had posted a photograph on Twitter on Friday night time, along with his sons on his again and the caption: “Even when just for a day I believed I would deliver residence two leaders’ jerseys.”
His spouse, Anna, put a photograph on Instagram a number of hours after the dying of Scarponi, exhibiting him pedaling outdoors the Astana workforce bus watched by his sons. She wrote “thank-you everybody.”
Scarponi was awarded the 2011 Giro trophy after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title due to doping.
The Italian had additionally confronted doping sanctions. He was banned for 18 months in July 2007 following the long-running Operation Puerto doping scandal, whereas he served a three-month suspension from the tip of 2012 after working with the banned doctor Michele Ferrari.
Scarponi had been named as Astana’s chief for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, which begins in lower than two weeks, after Fabio Aru pulled out with a knee damage.
“An infinite tragedy. Phrases do not exist. Relaxation in peace my buddy,” Aru tweeted.
Former teammate Vincenzo Nibali wrote: “I do not know, I can not cope! I haven’t got phrases my buddy…”
Scarponi was one of the crucial preferred riders on the circuit, along with his humorousness and jovial disposition. He usually began coaching rides along with his parrot on his shoulder, posting movies which shortly went viral.
“Yesterday he was racing. He got here as much as me. Michele was smiling, as ever,” Italy workforce coach Davide Cassani wrote on Twitter. “He was blissful for (Monday’s) win. He was speaking concerning the Giro. And now I am right here crying for him. Oh my God.”
The Italian soccer federation introduced there might be a minute’s silence in any respect matches this weekend in honor of Scarponi and different sports activities are anticipated to comply with go well with.
Scarponi was an Inter Milan fan and had reportedly deliberate to attend the Nerazzurri’s Serie A match at Fiorentina on Saturday night time.
Inter was one of many many sports activities groups which tweeted their assist, together with governing our bodies and athletes.
“Our condolences and hugs to your dearest in a really unhappy day for sport. Your Inter bids you farewell with affection,” Inter wrote.