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Title: Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo dies in freak accident
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The top Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo has died in a freak accident as he was setting out from the Sierra Nevada ski resort on Monday for trai...

The top Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo has died in a freak accident as he was setting out from the Sierra Nevada ski resort on Monday for training in preparation for the Tour de France.

The 32 year old was driving his car out of the garage of a building in the Pradollano resort shortly after 10am on Monday when he noticed that the door was about to come down on the vehicle. He died after getting out of the car to keep the garage door open, but was crushed to death when the car rolled forward, pinning him against the door.

It’s understood that his Movistar team mate, Beñat Intxausti, was in the passenger seat when it happened.

Tondo, who was born in Tarragona, had won 14 races during his career as a professional cyclist, including the Vuelta a Castilla y León earlier this year. He had only recently moved over to Movistar from Cervélo.

 

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