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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian road cyclist Carly Hibberd has been killed after colliding with a car while training in Italy.
Australia's department of foreign affairs said Thursday that the 26-year-old Hibberd, from Queensland state, died after she was struck by a car on Wednesday in Como in Italy's north.
The accident reportedly occurred when she was riding on a road between Appiano Gentile and Lurato Caccivio, north of Milan, with Colombian rider Diego Tamayo. Tamayo was not hurt.
A former runner from Noosa, north of Brisbane, Hibberd won the national road race series in 2008 before moving overseas in 2009 to pursue her career as a professional road cyclist. She joined the Cassina Rizzardi A Style Fionucci team at the start of this season.
Veteran Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen posted on Twitter: "Just read the terribly sad news about the death of Aussie rider Carly Hibberd, sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to her loved ones."
Hibberd's fatal accident follows the death of Belgium's Wouter Weylandt in the Giro d'Italia on May 9.
Australian female cyclist Amy Gillet was killed and five of her teammates injured after a car ran into them as they prepared for a road race in Germany in 2005. Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
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