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Astana compiles touching video tribute to Michele Scarponi

Michele Scarponi liked to play to the camera

Michele Scarponi liked to play to the camera (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

In our memory forever... Big champion and great friend... Michele Scarponi, you are in our hearts.

The Astana team posted the above video in tribute to Michele Scarponi, who died after being struck when the driver of a van failed to give way to Scarponi at an intersection while he was out training near his home in Filottrano on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The 37-year-old leaves behind his wife Anna and twin sons Giacomo and Tommaso.

His team wore black arm bands and observed a minute of silence before the Tour of Croatia stage 5 on Saturday. Astana has also decided to race in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, where Jakob Fuglsang will be the leader. Organisers of the race will hold a minute of remembrance for Scarponi in Liège before the start of the race.