class="sp-story-body__introduction">Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has died aged 37 after being involved in a collision with a van during a training ride, BBC report.A statement from his Astana team said the crash happened close to Scarponi's home in Filottrano. Scarponi won the 2011 Giro d'Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title and claimed victory in stage one of the Tour of the Alps on Monday. "This is a tragedy too big to be written," said the Astana statement. The statement described Scarponi as a "great champion" and a "special guy", adding: "The Astana Pro Team clings to the Michele family in this incredibly painful moment of sorrow and mourning." Scarponi leaves behind a wife and two children. After finishing fourth in the Tour of the Alps behind British winner Geraint Thomas on Friday, Scarponi returned home by car with his masseur before heading out for a ride on Saturday. "Terrible news to wake up to. One of the smiliest, happiest guys in the peleton. Rest in peace," said British cyclist Alex Dowsett. Spanish rider Contador said: "Paralysed and speechless with the news about Scarponi. Great person and always with a contagious smile. Rest in peace, friend." Astana team-mate and compatriot Fabio Aru said: "Endless tragedy. There are no words. Rest in peace, my friend."
Italian cyclist dies in training crash