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Veteran Cyclist, Michele Scarponi, killed in road accident while training
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Veteran Cyclist, Michele Scarponi, killed in road accident while training

Mfonobong Akpan

37-year-old, Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has been killed in a road accident after being hit by a van while training close to his home in Filottrano, his Astana team said on Saturday.

Veteran Cyclist, Michele Scarponi, killed in road accident while training

The 2011 Giro d’Italia champion, finished the Tour of Alps on Friday after winning a stage and finishing fourth overall, left home early on Saturday morning for a training ride where the accident occurred at a crossroads.

“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,” Astana said in a statement.

Scarponi is survived by his wife and two children.