Young Spanish rider Victor Cabedo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) died Wednesday in Spain after being struck by a vehicle during a training ride.
Spanish officials confirmed that the 23-year-old was struck by a vehicle and knocked in a gully alongside a road in southern Spain near Valencia. Details of the accident were not clear, but Spanish wire services reported that it took a team of six rescue workers to extract his body from the fall.
“This is a huge loss. Sometimes life is not fair,” Euskaltel manager Miguel Madariaga told MARCA. “He had a big future in cycling. The way he carried himself on the team was impressive. He was very quiet and he preferred to let his legs do the talking.”
Many tipped Cabedo among the best of a new generation of Spanish riders coming up through the ranks.
He turned pro with Orbea in 2011 and won a stage at the Vuelta a Asturias. This season he raced with Euskaltel, becoming only the third rider in team history not of Basque origin.
Cabedo raced the Giro d’Italia this season, finishing 129th overall, and raced at the Tour of Britain last week, which he abandoned due to illness.