Son of Italian frame-builder's founder had just completed Stage 1 of amateur Giro del Friuli...

Andrea Pinarello, whose father founded the frame-making business that bears the family name and supplies Team Sky and Movistar, has died at the age of 40 after suffering a heart attack at the end of the first stage of the amateur Giro del Friuli, in which he was taking part. His widow Gloria is expecting the couple’s third child.

Aged 40, Andrea was the youngest son of ex-professional cyclist Giovanni Pinarello and was head of marketing at the family-owned business. Previously, he had himself been a decent junior rider and had also played rugby, his other sporting passion besides bike racing.

In a statement on its website, Team Sky said that it “sends our deepest sympathies to the Pinarello family following the tragic news of Andrea Pinarello’s passing.

“Since our inception as a team, Pinarello have been a part of the Team Sky family and we are all devastated to lose such a young, vibrant person from our team and our sport.

“We want to convey our sincere condolences to the Pinarello family for their loss,” a sentiment echoed by all of us here at road.cc.

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.