Michele Scarponi, 1979-2017: a 'devastating and sad loss' to the cycling world

Michele Scarponi's team and fellow professional riders give their tributes to the Italian, who died on Saturday after colliding with a truck on a training ride

Michele Scarponi

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Italian Michele Scarponi leaves behind his family, team Astana and the sport of cycling, people who need his jokes and smile now more than ever.

The 37 year-old was due to lead team Astana in the Giro d'Italia over the next month, but died on Saturday during a morning training ride, around 8am, on home roads in Filottrano, central Italy.

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