Australian cycling mourns the death of Carly Hibberd

09:11, July 08, 2011      

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Australian cycling on Thursday mourned the death of Carly Hibberd, after the she was hit by a car during a training ride in northern Italy.

Hibberd, 26, from Queensland of Australia, was training in the Como region of Lombardy, when she was struck by a car driven by an unnamed woman. An emergency air ambulance was dispatched but Hibberd was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the incident and preparing a report for the local coroner.

Hibberd moved to Italy at the start of 2009. News of her death shocked Australian Cadel Evans, who is leading at the Tour de France.

"I'm very, very sorry, I ride that road too," Evans wrote on his blog on Thursday.

Countrymen Richie Porte, Stuart O' Grady and Mark Renshaw were also among those that expressed their sadness at the loss.

Cycling Australia High Performance chief Kevin Tabotta said Hibberd's death is another sad reality of cycline sport.

"At times cycling is a very dangerous sport. Our daily ground involves the road which we share with cars, trucks and other vehicles," he told The Australian newspaper.

"Tragically, Carly Hibberd's death is another sad reality of our sport. Everyone associated with Cycling Australia extends our deepest condolences to the family."

The death brings back memories of the 2005 accident that killed leading Australian road cyclist Amy Gillett, 29, and left five Australian teammates injured when a car hit into them as they trained for a road race in Germany.

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