In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Räim wins opening stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Six years after her brother Wouter’s passing, Elke Weylandt shares views on Giro’s descending competition; Giro d’Italia abandons controversial descending competition; Kelly: Quintana is the man to beat for Giro, and could double up at the Tour; Nibali: ‘It’s not easy to be on the highest step of the podium’; Dumoulin: ‘Winning the Giro is normally out of reach’; Pozzovivo talks up difficulty of Giro d’Italia; In ‘best shape’ for years, Hansen ready for 17th consecutive Grand Tour; Greipel eyeing Maglia Rosa, but also says Classics could delay top sprint form; Rumsas’ son passed away 24 hours after being released from hospital; McLaren says he’s been threatened over doping report; Cyclist dies after hitting parked car in Melbourne; Video: A sort of homecoming – Adam Blythe at #TDY2017; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Ostend preview; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic preview
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Former Tour de France podium finisher Raimondas Rumsas is mourning the death of his son Linas, who collapsed at home on Tuesday and passed away in a local hospital.
According to Cicloweb, the 21 year old amateur rider had attended the same San Luca hospital the day before due to a loss of consciousness. He underwent examinations at that hospital, including a cardiogram, but hospital staff assumed a printer error in relation to the latter.
He was released but collapsed at 10.30 on Tuesday morning. The Lituanian under 23 champion was aided by his family and then by ambulance staff, but despite being taken back to the hospital his heart stopped two hours later.
He was competing for the elite under 23 Altopack team, which has links to Trek-Segafredo.
Rumsas’ father was third in the 2002 Tour de France and won the Giro di Lombardia two years earlier, but had a career affected by doping scandals.
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