The Portugese cycling community is mourning the loss of one its promising young riders after a crash during the Classica de Amarante race on Sunday. Twenty-six year-old Bruno Neves, a member of the La-Mss Povoa Continental team, crashed at around 40 kilometres into the Portugese Cup race and suffered severe injuries. Medical teams attended to the rider immediately, but he died shortly before reaching hospital.
Neves was one of Portugal's best up-and-coming sprinters. He was fifth in the Vuelta a Rioja last month and also had a victory in the Tour of Portugal. The tragedy comes just a day after the anniversary of the death of famous Portugese cyclist Joaquim Agostinho, winner of a Tour de France stage to Alpe d'Huez, who died in an accident on May 10, 1984.
Cyclingnews extends its condolences to the family and friends of Bruno Neves.
(Courtesy Diogo Martin)