Giro motorbike driver dies in accident

Fabio Saccini killed en route to race

A motorbike driver escorting media at the Tour of Italy died after being involved in a traffic accident Tuesday morning, race organisers announced.

Fabio Saccani, 69, was driving to the start of the race's 10th stage at Cuneo in the Italian Alps when the accident occurred near the town of Bra in the north-west of Italy.

The peloton will hold a minute's silence for the veteran driver, who was participating in his 33rd Giro d'Italia, before the start of Wednesday's 11th stage in Turin.

© AFP 2009

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