Xavier Tondo has been tragically killed in a freak accident involving his garage door, according to media reports in Spain, Eurosport informs.
The Movistar cyclist was reportedly crushed between his car and his automatic garage door as he was heading out for a training ride with team-mate Benat Inxtausti, according to Spanish newspaper ‘Marca’.
Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzue has confirmed the news of the 32-year-old’s death, which took place at 10am on Monday.
“The 32-year-old Catalan rider was in his car on the way to training when he suffered the incident with the door of the garage,” the team said in a statement.
Tondo, who was based at home in Granada at the time of his death, won this year’s Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and is a former stage winner in both the Volta a Catalunya and the Paris- Nice, and was sixth overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España.
Earlier this year, he blew the whistle on a doping ring when he alerted authorities after receiving emails in which he was offered banned substances.
Twice Tour de France winner Alberto Contador paid tribute to his compatriot via Twitter.
“Life is so unjust and difficult to understand at certain moments, it’s impossible to describe my feelings on the death of Xavi Tondo,” he said. “My most sincere condolences to his family. He was an incredible person who loved this sport like nobody else. You will be missed. Rest in peace.”