A little more than one week after Paolo Bettini was crowned World Champion in Salzburg, tragedy hit the Bettini family as Paolo's brother Sauro died in a road accident in Bibbona on Monday night, just a few metres away from his home. The 42 year-old reportedly turned over into a ditch after hitting a road obstacle with his car, and died upon his arrival in hospital. Sauro Bettini, who was organising a celebration to honour his brother's World's title next week, left behind his wife and 10 year-old son.
Paolo Bettini reportedly left Bologna, where he was preparing for this Thursday's Coppa Sabatini, to return home with his family. Cyclingnews extends its condolences to the Bettini family and friends.