Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 23rd 2017 Contents MILAN---Michele Scarponi, who
won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died
after a collision with a van while
training yesterday. He was 37.
Scarponi was training near his home of
Filottrano, near Ancona, when he was hit
by a van at a crossroad, Team Astana said.
According to Italian media reports,
the Astana cyclist died on the spot and
was unable to be revived by emergency
services which arrived promptly.
Team Astana called it "a tragedy too
big to be written" in a statement.
"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," it
Scarponi is survived by a wife and twin
sons, who are only four years old.
He had returned home after finishing
fourth in the Tour of the Alps on Friday in
Trento. He won the first stage on Monday.
Scarponi had posted a photo on Twit-
ter on Friday night, with his sons on his
back and the caption: "Even if only for a
day I thought I'd bring home two leaders'
His wife, Anna, put a photo on Ins-
tagram several hours after the death of
Scarponi, showing him pedaling outside
the Astana team bus watched by his sons.
She wrote "thank-you everyone."
Scarponi was awarded the 2011 Giro
trophy after Alberto Contador was
stripped of the title because of doping.
The Italian had also faced doping sanc-
tions. He was banned for 18 months in
July 2007 following the long-running
Operation Puerto doping scandal, while
he served a three-month suspension
from the end of 2012 after working with
the banned physician Michele Ferrari.
Scarponi had been named as Astana's
leader for the upcoming Giro d'Italia,
which starts in less than two weeks, after
Fabio Aru pulled out with a knee injury.
"An infinite tragedy. Words don't exist.
Rest in peace my friend," Aru tweeted.
Former teammate Vincenzo Nibali
wrote: "I don't know, I can't cope! I don't
have words my friend..."
Scarponi was one of the most liked
riders on the circuit, with his sense of
humor and jovial disposition. He often
started training rides with his parrot on
his shoulder,posting videos which quick-
ly went viral.
"Yesterday he was racing. He came up
to me. Michele was smiling, as ever," It-
aly team coach Davide Cassani wrote on
Twitter. "He was happy for (Monday's)
win. He was talking about the Giro. And
now I'm here crying for him. Oh my God."
The Italian football federation an-
nounced there will be a minute's silence
at all matches this weekend in honor of
Scarponi and other sports are expected
to follow suit.
Scarponi was an Inter Milan fan and
had reportedly planned to attend the Ner-
azzurri's Serie A match at Fiorentina on
Inter was one of the many sports teams
which tweeted their support, along with
governing bodies and athletes.
"Our condolences and hugs to your
dearest in a very sad day for sport. Your
Inter bids you farewell with affection,"
Inter wrote. (AP)
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Former Giro winner
Scarponi dies after
collision with van
Hernandez's body brought to
Connecticut funeral home
BRISTOL---Former NFL player Aar-
on Hernandez's body was taken to
a funeral home in his Connecticut
hometown yesterday, two days
before his family holds a private
The body arrived in the afternoon at
O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, said
Laura Soll, a spokeswoman for the Con-
necticut Funeral Directors Association.
A private service is scheduled at the
funeral home tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm
Soll said the burial would be private at
an undisclosed location.
The former New England Patriots
tight end was found hanged in his cell
at a maximum-security prison in Mas-
sachusetts early Wednesday.
He was serving a life sentence for a
2013 murder in North Attleborough,
Massachusetts, and had just been
acquitted of a 2012 double murder in
His death was ruled a suicide.
The Funeral Directors Association
also released a statement from Her-
nandez's family yesterday.
"The family of Aaron Hernan-
dez wishes to thank all of you for the
thoughtful expressions of condolences,"
the statement said.
"We wish to say goodbye to Aaron in
a private ceremony and thank everyone
in advance for affording us a measure
of privacy during this difficult time."
After the Massachusetts medical
examiner ruled the death a suicide,
Hernandez's brain was taken to Boston
University, where scientists will study it
for any signs of repeated trauma suffered
during his years of playing football.
A judge on Friday ordered key evi-
dence in the prison suicide preserved,
granting a request from Hernandez's
fiancee so the family can investigate
the circumstances of his death. (AP)
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