It is again with a heavy heart that we announce the death of road cyclist Michele Scarponi on Saturday, 22 April 2017. Scarponi, a rider for Astana and the former champion of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, was hit by a van and killed whilst out on a training ride close to his home in Filottrano. He had emerged as the winner of the opening stage of the 2017 Tour of the Alps on Monday, eventually ending up 4th overall the day before.
Having gone pro in 2002, Scarponi was known for being a domestique in recent years, supporting his teammates to crucial victories in the Tour de France and the Giro. In 2007, he was implicated in Operación Puerto, although he denied doping, and was suspended for the rest of that season, returning again in 2008 and recording several top 10 finishes in races that year.
Astana has created a touching tribute to their former teammate and cyclists have given their respects by wearing black armbands during their races since. It is always hard whenever you lose one of your own, and at the age of 37, Scarponi was taken from us too soon.
Rest in peace.
Photos courtesy of Michele Scarponi’s Facebook page.