Cycling star Michele Scarponi dies in horror collision with a minibus while on training ride in Italy aged just 37

ITALIAN bike owner Michele Scarponi has died while on a training ride following a collision with a minibus in his residence nation.

The 37-yr-previous was air-lifted to hospital however had already died on the scene.

 Experienced cyclist Michele Scarponi has died on a training ride in Italy

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Skilled bike owner Michele Scarponi has died on a training ride in Italy

In response to Gazzetta dello Sport, "dozens of witnesses" have been in shock as they noticed Scarponi's head-on collision with the car at a crossroads in Filottrano.

Scarponi was the 2011 Giro d'Italia winner – the second most prestigious race in biking behind the Tour de France – and was father to 2 youngsters.

He solely completed the Tour of the Alps on Friday, profitable the primary stage however ending fourth general behind British winner Geraint Thomas of Staff Sky.

 Michele Scarponi was a willing for Italian cycling star Vincenzo Nibali while the pair were at Astana together

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Michele Scarponi was a prepared for Italian biking star Vincenzo Nibali while the pair have been at Astana collectively

His tragic last tweet confirmed Scarponi pictured with his two younger sons sporting the race's leaders jersey, on his again with their father in the press-up place.

The tweet stated: "Even when just for a day I assumed I'd deliver residence two chief's jerseys."

His street group, Astana, described the accident as "a tragedy too huge to be written."

A spokesperson for Astana stated: "Our athlete Michele Scaroponi died this morning while he was training on his bike near his house in Filottrano. Michele was hit by a van on a crossroad.

 Michele Scarponi with Vincenzo Nibali when his Italian team-mate won the 2014 Tour de France

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Michele Scarponi with Vincenzo Nibali when his Italian workforce-mate gained the 2014 Tour de France

"He left a spouse and two youngsters.

"Michele ended fourth in the Tour of the Alps yesterday afternoon in Trento. Then he went residence in Filottrano (Ancona) by automotive with his masseur and was house in the night with his household.

"This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy occurred.

"We left a nice champion and a particular man, all the time smiling in each state of affairs."

Mark Cavendish, who has a house in Italy, tweeted: "Completely devastating to see the tragic news about @MicheleScarponi. One of many nicest guys you would ever meet. RIP my good friend."

Vincenzo Nibali, who Scarponi deputised to the Tour de France title in 2014 – after Chris Froome and Alberto Contador crashed out – tweeted his shock on the news of his pal's demise.

He stated: "I’ve no phrases my good friend!"

Fabio Aru, Scarponi's group-mate and promising Italian expertise, was equally inconsolable.

He tweeted: "Countless tragedy. There are not any phrases. Relaxation in peace my pal."

Scarponi has lengthy been seen as one of many jokers of the professional peloton – and one of many good guys.

Footage posted on his Twitter extremely exhibits a PARROT swooping down earlier than touchdown on his shoulder throughout a training ride.

 

ITALIAN bike owner Michele Scarponi has died while on a training ride following a collision with a minibus in his residence nation.