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    Italian Cyclist Michele Scarponi Dies in Road Accident 

    Cycling fans are in mourning. Scarponi, 37, was hit by a van Saturday during a training ride near his home in eastern Italy — a tragedy Team Astana is calling “too big to be written.” He was known for taking rides with his pet macaw and for spontaneous mid-race singing. Scarponi, who was expected to lead his team at the 2017 Giro, leaves behind a wife and twin sons. His team, while devastated, will race today in Belgium after observing a minute of silence for their fallen colleague.

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