Spanish Press reports that ex-profesional cyclist David Cañada, 41, died Saturday in the Towcar Ports Ribagorza gran fondo, where more than 2,000 cyclists participated. The event organiser reported that the incident occurred at at 09:30 am near the town of Castejon de Sos. According to local media reports, Cañada collided with another rider and fell to the ground with a fatal head injury and immediate attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Cañada was one of the most promising riders of his generation, but injuries and poor health (in 2007, he was diagnosed with melanoma) saw an early retirement in 2010. His career debuted in 1996 with ONCE and went through various teams including Mapei (2001-02), Quick Step (2003), Saunier Duval (2004-2008) and Footon-Servetto-Fuji (2009). Perhaps the greatest achievement on his palmares was winning the Volta a Catalunya in 2006.
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