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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru among the mourners who will be at service for Astana rider who was killed on Saturday

Thousands of mourners will tomorrow pay their respects to Michele Scarponi as the 37-year-old, winner of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, is laid to rest in his home town of Filottrano following his death at the weekend.

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the service in the Marche town’s football stadium, which begins at 3.30pm and will be conducted by the Cardinal of Ancona, Edoardo Menichelli, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Among those present will be former Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali, whom he helped win the Tour de France in 2014, and Fabio Aru, who only last week was revealed by the Kazakh team to be missing the Giro d’Italia through injury with Scarponi due to lead its challenge instead.

> Tributes paid to Michele Scarponi

Scarponi, who just a week ago won the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps was killed on Saturday morning while on a training ride when the driver of a Fiat Iveco flatbed truck reportedly failed to give him priority.

The driver, a 57-year-old local man, was reported to have told Carabinieri that he had not seen the cyclist.

> Reports: Driver of truck in crash that killed Michele Scarponi failed to give way 

The Astana rider’s body, dressed in the colours of his team, is currently in a chapel of rest with people queueing up to pay their respects – among them, the parents of Tour de France and Giro d’Italia champion Marco Pantani, who joined Scarponi’s parents in prayer.

This weekend, Italian sport paid tribute to him, including Serie A clubs holding a minute’s silence ahead of their matches – accompanied at the Juventus Stadium in Turin by images of Scarponi on the big screen, retweeted by former world number 1 cyclist, Michele Bartoli.

Before the start of Liege-Bastogne-Liege yesterday, the peloton observed a minute’s silence in memory of Scarponi.

His Astana team also produced this tribute video.

One poignant image circulating on social media today shows the macaw named Frankje, who would often join Scarponi on training rides near his home – he regularly posted videos of her flying onto his shoulder or helmet – perched on the sign at the crossroads where he was killed.

> Video: Mac-awww... Michele Scarponi goes riding with a parrot on his shoulder

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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nortonpdj [192 posts] 7 months ago
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He will also be in the thoughts of many who can't be there.

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Boss Hogg [107 posts] 7 months ago
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Rest in peace Michele!

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xiaomao [1 post] 7 months ago
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no words could even remotely describe the profound sorrow and sadness i have been feeling since the morning of the fateful sat.  i am not even a cyclist ... i ride, learned how to ride a bike when i was 9.  but i am no cyclist.  my appreciation and fond for road cycling grew to a new level when i met my husband 8 years ago (who, is an cat 1 cyclist and has been racing in the amateur circle since he was 17) we do not watch TV at all except for cycling coverage and occasional NFL.  having watched michele  racing all these years, you feel you know him.  for me, part of the shock is that this happened in italy, a cycling country; happened less than a mile from his home on a road he probably could ride through with his eyes closed.  i always told my husband that once he retires (in two years) we'd move to italy (possibly around trieste) because italian people have much more respect for cyclist and it would be a lot safer and more fun for him to ride his 12000 miles a year than in the US.  what happened to michele is simply heart wrentching.  useless it maybe, i still cannot stop asking the question over and over again : how could someone just cut off and run over a human being on a bike like that?!! on a beautiful sunny sat moring?! how?!  i don't have the habit of wishing people ill.  but i do wish this 57-years LOCAL man rots in jail; or would never dare to come out and see the sunshine again in the small village of fillottrano! we are leaving for sicily next week, partyly to catch a couple of stages of the Giro.  michele will be painfully missed at the start line.