Bilbao dedicates a second Tour of the Alps victory to Scarponi

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) wins stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps
Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) wins stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

April 22 will long be remembered in the professional peloton as the day when the gregarious rider Michele Scarponi died after being hit by a distracted driver while out training. On Thursday, the fourth anniversary of the Italian's death, his former Astana teammate Pello Bilbao (now with Bahrain Victorious) dedicated his victory on stage 4 at Tour of the Alps to Scarponi.

"I want to dedicate this victory to Scarpa, to Michele, so I gave it everything," Bilbao said after out-sprinting Astana-Premier Tech's Aleksandr Vlasov and race leader Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) after catching them on the fast, technical descent into Valle del Chiese.

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