Italian Lampre-Caffita team and the Galbusera family have announced the premature death of Fernando Cortinovis, a friend and collaborator to the squad. Cortinovis died on the morning of Friday, September 2, at San Raffaele hospital in Milan from an incurable disease. The 49 year-old journalist was in charge of the Lampre cycling team press office since 2000.
"Today we have lost a very special person, who has always worked with the team with a positive, humble and dedicated spirit," said the President of Lampre Group, Mario Galbusera. "Fernando was sincerely close to our family and we will remember him forever."
The Italian press agents working in professional cycling have also expressed their deepest sympathies with the family of Fernando Cortinovis. "We have lost a colleague and a friend whose humanity and cheerful personality we have known very well for years. We will miss his unique style and his ability to work and live with enthusiasm. We offer our condolences to his family and to all who had the luck to know him in cycling world and outside it," they stated.
The funeral will be on Monday, September 5, at 3.30 p.m. in Cesano Maderno (Mi), where Fernando Cortinovis used to live with his wife Cinzia.