Italian rider dies during Naranco hill-climb

Very sad news is coming from today's Subida al Naranco race in northern Spain, where veteran Naturin

Very sad news is coming from today's Subida al Naranco race in northern Spain, where veteran Naturin

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Italy's Alessio Galletti has collapsed and died during today's Naranco hill-climb event around the Asturian city of Oviedo in northern Spain. According to Spain's EFE news agency, the 37-year-old Galletti collapsed when riding up the Manzaneda climb, 15km from the finish.

Although rushed immediately to the Hospital Central de Asturias in Oviedo, the Pisa-based Naturino-Sapore di Mare rider could not be revived.

Galletti turned pro with the Lampre team in 1994, and subsequently rode for Panaria, Ros Mary, Amore e Vita, Saeco and, in 2004, Domina Vacanze before joining Naturino at the start of this season. He is perhaps best known by English-speaking fans as a stage winner on the Tour Down Under in 2001.

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