Astana decide not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro d'Italia line-up

Kazakh team pay tribute to Italian rider who was killed in a training crash last week

Michele Scarponi at the 2016 Vuelta a España

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Astana will start the Giro d'Italia with eight riders instead of nine after Michele Scarponi, the man who was meant to lead the team, was killed in a training crash last week..

Alexander Vinokourov, the team's general manager, said that the team felt it was the right decision not to replace Scarponi in the starting line up, saying that riders and staff will have the Italian rider in their memories throughout the race.

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