Italy's Scarponi killed in road accident: team

In 2014, Michele Scarponi of the Astana team pictured at the 97th Giro d'Italia

Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

"This is a tragedy too big to be written," Astana wrote on Twitter, paying tribute to the 37-year-old, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011.

"Ciao Michele," Astana added.