Sunday, April 22 was the day of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege monument, which never disappoints. The very same day however also marked the first year that had passed since the utterly sad day when road cycling had lost the funnyman of the peloton, the ever jovial, ever smiling one time Giro d'Italia champion Michele Scarponi.
The easygoing Italian climber had already become a legend in his life. Not for his results merely, but more like for his all hearts personality. He'd always been humble and at anybody's help, easy to approach, a man to count on for a joke when you were down in your blues.
He'd been an advocate of clean racing, a mentor to young and promising riders, a team MVP with only the best and most honest of intentions. He had been awarded the 2011 Giro d'Italia title due to the adverse findings in Alberto Contador's doping case, and had collected many an étap victory in the summit finishes of stage races, as well as top 10 placings in one-day classics.
He'd freshly won a stage in the 2017 Tour of the Alps, and finished 4th overall, contemplating a mighty return in the upcoming Giro, when he was crashed into and killed by a truck in his hometown of Filottrano, while out training that Saturday. Michele had the right of way, the truck driver allegedly failed to notice him.
Scarponi died on the scene. No criminal liability has ever been established, since the driver of the motor vehicle passed away a few weeks ago.
Please, you all, never forget that you are the weaker party up there on your bikes. Ride with the highest level of alertness at all times, and never take your right of way for granted. Not once.
Photos by CorVos.
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