Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 31, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cimolai wins first road stage at Tour of Japan; UCI announces new safety rules concerning motorbike use in races; Giant-Alpecin nearly back to full strength; Etixx-QuickStep satisfied with Giro results; Dowsett breaks British 25 mile time trial record; Ex-pro David Cañada dies in Gran Fondo accident; Martyn Irvine considering return; How to survive racing at the development level; Australia announces Rio Paralympic team; Ducks could not care less about bike racing

Ex-pro David Cañada dies in Gran Fondo accident

by CyclingTips

Spanish Press reports that ex-profesional cyclist David Cañada, 41, died Saturday in theTowcar 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.

CyclingTips sends our condolences to Cañada’s loved ones.