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Prudhomme wants Froome case certainty; cycling mourns loss of Lowndes: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 23, 2017

Prudhomme wants quick resolution to Froome adverse analytical finding case; Australian and world cycling mourns loss of Jason Lowndes; Heart surgery will mean Boom misses the Tour Down Under; Tour stage winners Roglic and Groenewegen extend contracts, Kruijswijk to miss Giro; Scarponi’s wife: “We never felt alone or abandoned”; After leaving Israel Cycling Academy, Orken talks about future plans; Cycling Australia announces ‘landmark’ TV coverage for national road race championships; Rás Tailteann confirmed for 2018 despite ongoing sponsor search; Video: Uran highlights Colombian talent; Video: Bizarre spin session

Scarponi’s wife: “We never felt alone or abandoned”

by Shane Stokes

Eight months after her husband Michele Scarponi was struck and killed by a motor vehicle while out training, Anna Scarponi has thanked fans and others within the sport for helping her and their family to try to come to terms with what happened.

“For the first time since that tragic April 22, I succeeded in making a gesture that I had long wanted and had to do, but that forced me to think too about that damned day; the disappearance of Michele, a wound that can never be healed,” she stated, according to Tutto Bici.

“With this brief letter of mine I would like to thank the whole great family of cycling, which made me feel its presence with great enthusiasm and sensitivity. To some friends, colleagues and practitioners of this world, I have personally succeeded in expressing my thoughts of gratitude, but to all those who, despite the lack of direct knowledge, have been so present, I must express their most heartfelt thanks .

“In this very dark and difficult time for all of us, thanks to your affection, we never felt alone or abandoned. You have warmed your heart in a thousand ways: from simple emotional closeness to practical help.” She said that her letter of appreciation was also written on behalf of their two children, Giacomo and Tommaso. “As adults, through your help and your solidarity, I will have the opportunity to tell them what kind of dad they could know, even if only for too little, and how much he was loved and well-liked by everyone,” she said.

She ended the statement by acknowledging that it will be the first Christmas without her husband, but said that she wanted to wish everyone else ‘the brightest and most peaceful holidays.’

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