It was with sadness that the cycling community learned of the death of 37 year old Luca Avesani, sponsor of the Granfondo Avesani here in Verona. He was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident.
A passionate cyclist, and motorcyclist, Luca's family owns the well known Avesani brand of pasta products that are sold regionally and oversees. As director of the company he assumed the role of main sponsor for what had been formerly named the Granfondo Chesini.
A communique from the organizers (below) announces that the next, and 10th, edition of the granfondo will be named the "Granfondo Luca Avesani" so that in this way he will be with us and in our hearts.
Gent.mi Amici del Ciclismo
Con immenso dolore comunichiamo che LUCA AVESANI è scomparso in un tragico incidente .
E per onorare la sua memoria e ricordarlo in bici ancora con noi , d'accordo con la famiglia, dedicheremo la granfondo scaligera a LUCA .
Pertanto la prossima edizione ( decima del nostro impegno organizzativo ) verrà denominata " GranFondo Luca Avesani" .
Così Luca sarà ancora con noi e nei nostri cuori .
Luigi Ballini / La Scaligera
Photo: Luca Avesani, in green, arriving at the finish line in Piazza Bra at the Granfondo Avesani