Mesa funeral Wednesday

The funeral of Colombian rider Ubaldo Mesa, who died on Sunday, will be held on Wednesday at the Cátedral Central, Bogota, Colombia, the Colombian cycling federation has announced. Mesa's body will be flown to Bogota today, accompanied by his brother Uberlino Mesa and two officials from banking company Banfoandes, sponsor of the race at which Mesa died.

Mesa collapsed and died from heart failure on Sunday before the final stage of the Clàsico Banfoandes. As well as being a significant rider on the Central and South American scene, he had made several trips to the USA to compete in races such as the Tour of the Gila where he won a stage in 2003. He is survived by his wife and children.

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