July 24, 2017

Top Australian cyclist killed in accident

Carly Hibberd 1985-2011. Elite sportspeople are too rare to be taken this way.

A top Australian cyclist Carly Hibberd, 26, has been killed while training in Italy.

Hibberd was riding cycling between Appiano Gentile and Lurato Caccivio, north of Milan, when she was struck by a car about 10.45am local time, yesterday.

She was riding with Colombian rider Diego Tamayo at the time, who escaped the crash uninjured.

Emergency services arrived quickly via helicopter, but Hibberd was already dead when they arrived.

Australian cycling star Cadel Evans currently riding in the Tour de France tweeted about the news of Carly Hibberd’s death saying, “I’m very, very sorry, I ride that road too.”

Robbie McEwen tweeted: “Just read the terribly sad news about the death of Aussie rider Carly Hibberd, sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to her loved ones.”

Hibberd moved from Brisbane to Italy in 2009 to pursue her cycling career.

She rode for the Michela Fanini-Record-Rox squad for two years, before joining the Cassina Rizzardi A Style Fionucci team at the start of the season.

The tragedy prompted race organisers at the Giro Donne to cancel podium celebrations at the end of the latest stage.

Giro Donne competitor and fellow Australian female cyclist Rachel Neylan also tweeted her horror at the news of the death of her friend.

‘‘Devastated and in shock to hear news of fellow Aussie pro cyclist & friend Carly Hibberd… no words right now,’’ she wrote.