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López vying to pay tribute to Scarponi with success in Tour of the Alps

by VeloClub

Miguel Angel Lopez won two stages of the recent Vuelta a España.

Former teammate of Michele Scarponi Miguel Ángel López has said that he wants to try to land a stage win in April’s Tour of the Alps, seeking to pay tribute to the late rider in that fashion. The race was the final event Scarponi rode before being struck and killed by a van out training on April 22. Just before that tragic accident he competed in the Tour of the Alps, where he won the opening stage and finished fourth overall.

“The Tour of the Alps was the last race of Michele Scarponi. Michele was a great person, we miss him a lot and the team will always remember him,” said López. “Michele was a great friend and a special mentor in cycling. I learned a lot from him. I would like to dedicate a Tour of the Alps stage win to him, in the race where he raised his arms one last time.”

Colombian rider López won the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir and the 2016 Tour de Suisse. Last year he rode the Vuelta a Espana, winning two stages, topping the best young rider contest and taking eighth overall.

He will lead Astana in the Giro but hopes to shine in the Tour of the Alps before then. It begins on April 15 and runs for five days.

Team Sports Director Giuseppe Martinelli previously guided three riders to victory in the race, which was previously known as the Giro del Trentino. These were Gilberto Simoni in 2003, Damiano Cunego in 2004 and Vincenzo Nibali in 2013. On each occasion those riders went on to win the Giro d’Italia. “As usual for us, we have chosen the Tour of the Alps as final test for the line-up that will race the Giro d’Italia with the goal to contest the overall success,” he said.