Michele Scarponi’s last hurrah at the opening stage of Tour de Alps 2017. (Bettini Photo)

World champion Peter Sagan only had good things to say to remember Michele Scarponi, he was “not here as a world champion, but as a friend”.

Michele Scarponi was suddenly taken from his family and the world of cycling when he was out training last weekend. The charismatic Astana rider was celebrated by thousands and tifosi all over the world at the funeral service. Scarponi was buried in his Astana team kit to reflect his life as a cyclist.

“The bike was his life, we’ll say goodbye to him dressed as a cyclist. For me and the children, this was the Michele who came home from work every day.” said Scarponi’s widow, Anna Tommasi.

Team Astana remembers Michele Scarponi at Liege-Baston-Liege. (Bettini Photo)

Fellow teammates Fabio Aru, Dario Cataldo, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Alexander Vinokourov bade farewell to the rider who had delivered Astana’s first victory of 2017 just over one week ago at the Tour of the Alps.

A minute’s silence was held before the start of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where winner Alejandro Valverde dedicated his victory to Scarponi and pledged his prize money to Scarponi’s family.

Source: Cycling News