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Galletti dies at Subida al Naranco

Old 06-15-05, 12:34 PM
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Galletti dies at Subida al Naranco

From Cyclingnews.com
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...n05/jun15news3

Galletti dies at Subida al Naranco
Alessio Galletti
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Alessio Galletti (Naturino-Sapore di Mare) has died suddenly during the Spanish Subida al Naranco one-day race, that was held today in the region of Asturias, won by Rinaldo Nocentini (Acqua & Sapone). According to Spanish website todociclismo.com, the 37 year-old Italian rider "couldn't get air" as he was passing the Alto de La Manzaneda, located at approx. 15 kilometres before the finish. Belgian VRT reported him as having a heart attack.

He was taken to the Hospital Central de Asturias in Oviedo by ambulance, but the medical staff could not do anything to save his life.

Galletti turned pro in 1994 with Lampre, and subsequently rode for Panaria (1996), Ros Mary (1997), Amore e Vita (1998), Saeco (1999-2003), Domina Vacanze (2004), and Naturino - Sapore di Mare (2005). He won three races during his career: a stage in the Tour de d'Ain in 1998, a stage in the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under in 2001, and the GP Fred Mengoni in 2003.

In the middle of June 2004, he was suspended from the Domina Vacanze team after being named as part of the phone tapping investigation involving Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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Its always distressing to hear news like this.

My heart goes out to his family, friends, and teammates.
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Dare I ask?

How does a super fit 37 year old die during a bike race?
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We will never know... why do many cyclists die at their peak...

Lots of things go around... could it have something to do with banned substances?

Well even if, condolences to the family...
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58,

when are you going to start your hormone replacemnent therapy?
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Several years ago a young (<40) local rider, very fit, just dropped dead on an easy Sunday ride with his buddy. He had a heart attack and had no indicators that anyone knew about.
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
How does a super fit 37 year old die during a bike race?
Perhaps his blood was abnormally thick?
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Given the last sentence in the article we can all speculate on why a healthy
37yo keels over.
That said I knew a guy back in the 80's who during a race just rode
off the course and was dead by the time he hit the ground. Congental
condition which I believe ran in the family. Perfectly healthy (prior to
fatal heart attack), clean rider, sometimes it happens.
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
Dare I ask?

How does a super fit 37 year old die during a bike race?
It happens all the time, and often LDL pattern B (which very few people even know about, and my fiance is about to write a book about) is the culprit. My fiance's husband, a very fit triathlete died of sudden cardiac arrest while doing his swimming workout. Other men in his family have met the same fate. Her son, a pro triathlete also has this, and even at the tender age of 28, he is followed very carefully by a cardiologist. BTW, the autopsy revealed that their was no blockage of his main arteries, but due to said LDL pattern B, he had a propensity to suffer sudden cardiac arrest. A very simple blood test can determine if one has this potentially deadly pattern.
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Among "Joe Average" cyclists, the odds of falling over dead during a ride are a zillion to one. But, during the past twenty years, dozens of Pro cyclists had suffered sudden deaths from heart failure, usually while sleeping. None of them have been the "big names" that have access to the best coaches and the best doctors. They have been "little guys" who may be acting as their own "doctor".

If the deceased were looked at by experts, the real cause of death might be discovered. But, their teams, their families, and their sponsors get nervous about having the cause of death proven. So, odds are, this death will continue to be a mystery.

A related "epidemic" is the number of Pro cyclists who die in the first four or five years after retiring. Again, it is not the "big" stars. Just "no name" Pro's whose hearts fail at the age of forty...sad.
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
Dare I ask?

How does a super fit 37 year old die during a bike race?
Doping
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Among "Joe Average" cyclists, the odds of falling over dead during a ride are a zillion to one. But, during the past twenty years, dozens of Pro cyclists had suffered sudden deaths from heart failure, usually while sleeping. None of them have been the "big names" that have access to the best coaches and the best doctors. They have been "little guys" who may be acting as their own "doctor".

If the deceased were looked at by experts, the real cause of death might be discovered. But, their teams, their families, and their sponsors get nervous about having the cause of death proven. So, odds are, this death will continue to be a mystery.

A related "epidemic" is the number of Pro cyclists who die in the first four or five years after retiring. Again, it is not the "big" stars. Just "no name" Pro's whose hearts fail at the age of forty...sad.
So you are saying that with an unexplained death, their is no autopsy. There must be some new procedures in effect.
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58,

when are you going to start your hormone replacemnent therapy?
I give in: what do you mean?
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