Michele Scarponi: 1979-2017

The cycling world awoke to the tragic news that Michele Scarponi of Astana lost his life in a traffic accident while out training this morning. Just days ago he claimed a superb victory at the Tour of the Alps, and last night he returned to his family before leading the team at the forthcoming Giro.

Riders, teams, fans – as a cycling family we celebrate together, we commiserate together and we mourn as one. There really are no words, all our thoughts go out to his family, his friends and his teammates.

So much joie de vivre and laughter… Ciao Michele

Header Image: Michele Scarponi in the leader’s jersey at the Tour of the Alps. ©Pierre Teyssot/Action Plus via Getty Images)

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