This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
Euskaltel-Euskadi pro Victor Cabedo was killed in a training accident near his hometown of Onda, south east Spain, early on Wednesday afternoon.
According to initial reports, the 23-year-old was descending a rough section of road when he fell into a roadside ravine after being hit by a vehicle.
His tragic death cast a shadow over the World Championships in Valkenburg, with news of his passing filtering through during the course of the men's time trial.
Although he didn’t hail from the Basque Country, Cabedo had, like so many other pros, come up through the ranks in that region. He rode as an amateur for Seguros Bilbao, before joining the Orbea continental team in 2011.
His profile rose significantly when he won a stage of last year’s Tour of Asturias, a result that no doubt played a significant part in his promotion to Euskaltel-Euskadi at the start of this season.
He made his grand tour debut at the Giro d'Italia this spring, finishing 129th. His most recent competitive appearance was at the Tour of Britain. Affected by a fever, he was forced to abandon that race on the second stage to Knowsley.