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Giuseppe Giacconi was reportedly consumed by grief after April 2017 crash that claimed life of 2017 Giro d'Italia champion...

The van driver involved in the collision last year that resulted in the death of 2011 Giro d’Italia champion Michele Scarponi has died of cancer.

> Tributes paid to Giro d’Italia winner Michele Scarponi after his death at age 37

Press reports in Italy suggest that Giuseppe Giacconi, aged 58 and from Filottrano, the same small town in Italy’s Marche region as Scarponi, had been consumed by grief following the fatal crash on 22 April last year.

Astana rider Scarponi was on a training ride ahead of the Giro d’Italia, where he was due to lead the Kazakh team after Fabio Aru was ruled out through injury, when Giacconi, a carpenter by trade, hit him at a junction.

Scarponi had been awarded the victory in the 2011 edition of the race after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title following his ban for his positive test for clenbuterol during the previous year's Tour de France.

According to the Corriere della Sera, for months after the fatal incident, Giacconi – by all accounts a fan of Scarponi – would repeat the words, “I didn’t see him, I didn’t see him.”

Some reports suggest that the driver had said he had been blinded by the sun, although last October it was claimed that he had admitted to prosecutors that he had been watching a video on his mobile phone at the time.

> Motorist in crash that killed Michele Scarponi reportedly admitted he was watching a video on his phone

Giacconi’s funeral took place yesterday and he has been buried in the same cemetery as Scarponi in their home town.

With his death, the criminal investigation into the death at the age of 37 of Scarponi comes to a close, since there is no longer a suspect.

The news comes ahead of the launch in Rome later today of a road safety initiative aimed at reducing cyclist casualties and devised by Italy’s national cycling federation the FCI in partnership with agencies including the country’s national police force.

Quick Step Floors sprinter and Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani will be at the presentation, as will Scarponi’s brother, Marco.

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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Plasterer's Radio [362 posts] 1 week ago
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Too late to be comsumed by grief after the event.

PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN INSTEAD.

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Christopher TR1 [169 posts] 1 week ago
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If only all killer drivers would have the decency.

If not the decency to die, then at least the decency to be consumed by grief.

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oldstrath [953 posts] 1 week ago
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Christopher TR1 wrote:

If only all killer drivers would have the decency.

If not the decency to die, then at least the decency to be consumed by grief.

But surely they always are consumed by grief and inconsolable sadness, at least according to their defence weasels? Or do you think those weasels mught be fibbing? Surely not?

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davel [2123 posts] 1 week ago
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... and even if they do 'have the decency', it just shows how utterly pointless the risk is... Two lives ruined.

Still, one Giro winner taken from us while merely out on a ride; one van driver who kills said Giro champ while watching a video on his phone at the wheel. I know where my sympathies lie.

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HLaB [200 posts] 1 week ago
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"he had admitted to prosecutors that he had been watching a video on his mobile phone at the time"

If thats true I've lost all sympathy for him  2

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jlebrech [11 posts] 1 week ago
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Anyone guilty of death by dangerous driving should be banned from travelling in a motorized vehicle for life (driver and passenger, including public transport). that way they have to be one of us and endure the same risks.

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BehindTheBikesheds [1328 posts] 1 week ago
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HLaB wrote:

"he had admitted to prosecutors that he had been watching a video on his mobile phone at the time"

If thats true I've lost all sympathy for him  2

Is that true, where is the evidence of that happening? it's just yet more hearsay and rumours spread by certain types.

What if it was 'some reports say the investigation is being closed to protect Scarponi/his family because it was found that he was in the wrong and testing found he would have failed an out of compe drugs test'
Would you want some actual hard evidence or are you going to simoly believe rumours and 'reports' from un-named sources?

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fukawitribe [2136 posts] 1 week ago
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jlebrech wrote:

Anyone guilty of death by dangerous driving should be banned from travelling in a motorized vehicle for life (driver and passenger, including public transport). that way they have to be one of us and endure the same risks.

(a) That's probably a bit harsh on bus passengers.

(b) What the fuck does 'one of us' mean ?

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jlebrech [11 posts] 6 days ago
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fukawitribe wrote:
jlebrech wrote:

Anyone guilty of death by dangerous driving should be banned from travelling in a motorized vehicle for life (driver and passenger, including public transport). that way they have to be one of us and endure the same risks.

(a) That's probably a bit harsh on bus passengers.

(b) What the fuck does 'one of us' mean ?

 

a) I meant banned from being a passenger as well as driver.

b: vulnerable road user (for life)