michele scarponi foundation launched

11:00    10 May 2018

Michele Scarponi
The family of the late Michele Scarponi have launched a foundation in the cyclist’s name, with the aim of promoting road safety.

The Fondazione Michele Scarponi was launched in Italy earlier this week, with Scarponi's wife Anna, parents Giacomo and Flavia, brother Marco and sister Silvia setting up the foundation in an attempt to change driver behaviour.

Scarponi was killed while training near his home in Filottrano, Italy, in April last year after being struck by a van. He was just 37 at the time and rode for the Astana team.

"Our roads aren't safe. They're unsafe," Marco Scarponi said at a sportif ride in Filottrano in April.

"This isn't a civil country if it allows an average of 15 people to be killed every day in road accidents. We don't need to be cycling champions but champions of civil behaviour out on the roads."

The foundation will begin activities during the Giro d'Italia, which is ongoing and runs until May 27.

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