(CNN)Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died in a road collision while training Saturday morning, his Astana Pro Team said in a statement. Scarponi, 37, was struck by a van near his home in Filottrano in Italy's Le Marche region. He was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Tour of Alps Friday afternoon in Trento, the team said, before returning home to his family. On Saturday morning, Scarponi went out for a training ride when he was hit at a crossroad. In their statement, the team mourned the loss of "a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation... He was a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team." Scarponi was named the winner
Britain's most decorated female Olympian Katherine Grainger was named on Friday as the new chair of UK Sport. The 41-year-old Scot, who retired from rowing after winning a medal at her fifth successive Games in Rio last year, will succeed Rod Carr as head of the funding agency for elite sport in Britain. Grainger, who beat Paralympic swimmer Marc Woods to the post, has no previous experience of sports administration but is one of Britain's most respected athletes.
Zero Motorcycles has partnered with the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race as part of the motorized support fleet for the men’s Big Bear Lake Time Trial stage. Zero Motorcycles are well suited for support, producing no exhaust or noxious chemicals for the athletes to breathe in, and with virtually no sound, athletes can clearly hear any audio instructions from their team over race radios. This will be the first time an electric motorcycle has been used in the 11-year history of the Amgen Tour of California, the most prestigious international cycling event in North America.