Quick Step show sympathy for Bettini family

In the wake of Monday's tragic news of the death of Paolo Bettini's brother in a car accident, the I

In the wake of Monday's tragic news of the death of Paolo Bettini's brother in a car accident, the I

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The Quick Step team have withdrawn from Thursday's Coppa Sabatini as a show of respect for the family of recently crowned world champion Paolo Bettini, whose brother, Sauro, died in a car accident on Monday. The 42-year-old was killed when he crashed near La California-Bibbona (Livorno).

"This is a tragic moment," Paolo Bettini said of his brother's death. "For those that would like to pay tribute to Sauro, please don't send flowers but donate something to a just cause. This is what Sauro would have wanted."

Sauro Bettini's funeral takes place today (Wednesday) at the La California-Bibbona parish church. Sauro, who leaves behind his wife, Tommasina, and 10-year-old son, Francesco, will be buried in the Casale Marittimo cemetery.

Telegrams can be sent to the following address for those that wish to send their condolences to the Bettini family: The Bettini Family, Via Di Pietra Nr. 12 - 57020 La California-Bibbona (Livorno), Italy.

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