Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 12, 2016

Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five; Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage; Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26; Teams selected for 27th Giro Rosa; Dutch Giro d’Italia start heralded as ‘best ever’; 2018 Giro starting in Japan?; Hamburg Cyclassics in dire need of sponsorship; Froome behind mysterious ‘Luke Skywalker’ Strava account?; World Naked Bike Ride returns to the UK; Twilight at the velodrome; Waiting for the podium

Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26

by CyclingTips

2013 downhill World Cup overall champion Steve Smith died after suffering a massive brain injury from an enduro motorcycle accident. The Canadian was 26.

“Today we lost a great person, who taught me about myself and influenced many,” Smith’s Devinci team manager, Gabe Fox, said. “Stevie was a fierce competitor, an honest friend and a rider who made me proud on countless occasions. I am honoured to consider him my friend for so long.”

Affectionately referred to as ‘The Canadian Chainsaw’ on the downhill circuit, he recently finished second at April’s World Cup event in Lourdes, France, after overcoming injuries in previous seasons.

A celebration of life will be held on May 21 in his hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations are directed to the “Stevie Smith Legacy Fund,” which will be earmarked for a Tiann Smith Initiative, assisting talented young athletes.

CyclingTips extends its sympathies.

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