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by Matt de Neef
April 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Valverde wins his fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege, dedicates victory to Scarponi; Anna van der Breggen secures Ardennes triple at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour of Croatia; Astana mourns the loss of Michele Scarponi; Astana decide to start Liege-Bastogne-Liege despite Scarponi tragedy; How not to finish second; Barbed wire stretched across Cheshire trail; Chinese cyclist hit by three cars to be charged by police; Michele Scarponi tribute video.
The mood was sombre at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege team presentation as the riders of the pro peloton tried to come to terms with Michele Scarponi’s passing.
Despite the Italian’s tragic death, Scarponi’s Astana team started yesterday’s race. The Astana riders stood in front of the peloton as the riders and the gathered crowd observed a minute’s remembrance for the fallen 37-year-old.
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme summed up the mood of collective shock.
“It’s a very hard moment, and perhaps even more so than usual because as we all know he was racing just yesterday [Friday], and on the social networks he’d put up a picture of himself and the leader’s jersey with his children,” Prudhomme said. “Then he went home as quickly as he could and went out training this morning early.
“There’s a real feeling of sadness today in the peloton, and, of course, here in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He was somebody really appreciated in the peloton, the kind of guy who was always cheerful, always able to lift people’s mood. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, his children, his widow and his team.”
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