Monday, 23 May 2011

Another tragedy for cycling

Following the death of Wouter Weylandt earlier in this years Giro d'Italia, which enters it's final week today after a rest day yesterday, come the news of another tragic death of a professional cyclist.

This time it is the sad demise if Xavier Tondó. At the age of 32 his Palmarès* doesn't read like the stuff of legends, this was a cyclist who was a workhorse of his teams, lately Moviestar. His best performance in a Grand Tour was 6th in last year's Vuelta a España. Although he had won a stage in the Paris-Nice race and was the overall winner of the Volta a Portugal in 2007.

What is tragic is the way in which he appears to have died. He was preparing for a training ride with Beñat Inxtausti and possibly Alejandro Valverde, but apparently was killed by the garage door falling on him as he was preparing to leave.

Xavier Tondó 5 November, 1978 - 23 May, 2011

* List of triumphs.

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