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Cycling: Spanish rider Xavier Tondo dies in garage accident

Brendan Gallagher

Spanish Movistar Team rider Xavier Tondo has been killed in a freak accident after he was crushed between his car and a garage door in southern Spain.

Juan Carlos Lopez, spokesman for the Civil Guard force in Granada, said the 32 year-old was killed trying to take his car out of a garage in a residential complex.



The manager of his Movistar team, Eusebio Unzue, said another Spanish professional cyclist, Benat Intxausti, of the Euskaltel team, was in the vehicle at the time.



Tondo was enjoying one of his best ever seasons and won this year's Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. He was also a former stage winner in both the Volta a Catalunya and the Paris- Nice, and was sixth overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España.



A fierce anti-doper, he helped the Spanish police last year with operation Cursa in Giron when approached by a doping ring.



"How life is unfair and sometimes difficult to understand," fellow Spaniard Contador said on his Twitter feed.

Spanish rider Xavier Tondo dies in garage accident

Spanish Movistar Team rider Xavier Tondo has been killed in a freak accident after he was crushed between his car and a garage door in southern Spain.



Tragic loss: Xavier Tondo has died in freak accident Photo: AFP

By Brendan Gallagher 1:44PM BST 23 May 2011

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Juan Carlos Lopez, spokesman for the Civil Guard force in Granada, said the 32 year-old was killed trying to take his car out of a garage in a residential complex.



The manager of his Movistar team, Eusebio Unzue, said another Spanish professional cyclist, Benat Intxausti, of the Euskaltel team, was in the vehicle at the time.



Tondo was enjoying one of his best ever seasons and won this year's Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. He was also a former stage winner in both the Volta a Catalunya and the Paris- Nice, and was sixth overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España.



A fierce anti-doper, he helped the Spanish police last year with operation Cursa in Giron when approached by a doping ring.



"How life is unfair and sometimes difficult to understand," fellow Spaniard Contador said on his Twitter feed.

"I can't describe how I feel after the death of Xavi Tondo. My most sincere condolences to his family. You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace."



Telegraph.co.uk

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