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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
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Marking the tragic loss of Michele Scarponi in a training accident last month, the organisers of the Giro d’Italia have announced a tribute to the 2011 champion for this year’s race. It has named the Mortirolo ascent as the Scarponi Climb.
The Italian rider took his final stage win in the race, using the climb as a springboard to triumph in Aprica. In the announcement, RCS Sport said that the climb will also have a particular significance in the mountains competition.
“On stage 16 from Rovetta to Bormio, Tuesday 23 May, the King of the Mountains points awarded to the rider who passes the Mortirolo in first position will be doubled compare to what was originally planned in the race regulations. He will also be honoured on stage on the final podium of the Giro in Milan.
“Moreover, in Sardinia, Scarponi’s Astana team will be first to be introduced to the crowd on Thursday 4 May at 6.30pm in Alghero, when a special moment will be dedicated to his memory.” There will also be a minute’s silence led by his Astana team prior to the start of stage one.
Scarponi was struck by a van and killed while training on April 22. He had been due to lead the Astana team in the race after Fabio Aru was forced to scratch from the event due to injury. The squad will start with eight rather than nine riders as a symbolic gesture of his loss.