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Italian cycling pays the ultimate tribute to Ryan - Wynand de Villiers

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ryan Cox is being paid the ultimate tribute in Italian cycling with his cycling jersey and photo being handed over on Sunday to hang proudly inside the Madonna del Ghisallo church on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.

Madonna del Ghisallo is regarded as the shrine of Italian cycling, displaying cycling memorabilia from all the sport?s greatest champions dating back more than 100.

?It?s very sad news about Ryan,? said Brent Copeland, a South African and former team manager of the Lampre squad living in Como. ?Living in Como means he was always at our shop and cycling with us. We are all shocked and will miss him terribly. It still feels like it can?t be true.

?We have arranged a memorial service for Ryan at the Madonna del Ghisallo at 10am on Sunday. We will hand over his cycling jersey and photo to the Ghisallo Church which will then be put up and kept in the church,? he said.

?There will be a ride arranged where we will cycle to the church, leaving from ComoBike, Via Grandi 15, Como at 8am (http://www.comobike.com/en/main/frameset.php?area=guscite). We will ride one of Ryan?s favourite climbs, ?Ghisallo?, before going to the service.?

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