September 23, 2019

Top cyclist dies in freak accident

Xavier Tondo - another top cyclist taken in the prime of his life. A real tragedy.

Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo has died in a freak accident on Monday after he was crushed between his car and a garage door in southern Spain.

Tondo, 32, was killed while trying to take his car out of the garage in a residential complex outside Granada. He got out of his car to try to get the garage door to open but his car rolled forward and pinned him against the door.

Cadena SER radio said Tondo was with fellow cyclist Benat Intxausti and the two were leaving to go training with Alejandro Valverde in the Sierra Nevada mountain range outside Granada.

“My sincere condolences to his family,” Tour de France winner and current Giro d’Italia leader Alberto Contador said on Twitter “He was an amazing person who loved this sport as anyone. I’ll miss you very much. Rest in peace.”

Tondo had won 14 titles in his professional career, including last month’s Castilla y Leon tour. He was planning to compete in the Tour de France for his new Movistar Team.