Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi died in a car accident

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Scarponi won the 2011 Giro d’Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title. He just claimed victory in stage one of the Tour of the Alps on Monday, his first victory in four years in the opening stage.. A statement from Team Astana said: “This is a tragedy too big to be written.(…) A great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation.” Quick-Step Cycling team said: “Our thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends and team of Michele Scarponi, who passed away this morning in a traffic incident.” The cyclist leaves behind a wife and two children.The accident comes in the same week Olympic high jumper Germaine Mason was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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