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Austrian cyclist Andreas Matzbacher killed in car crash

Austrian cyclist Andreas Matzbacher killed in car crash

Cyclist Andreas Matzbacher was killed in a car crash in southern Austria, police said Wednesday. He was 25.
Police in the city of Graz said the crash happened on Dec. 24 and that Matzbacher died the same day of the injuries sustained.
Matzbacher, who began his professional career with Italy's Saeco in 2004, was a rider for Austria's Team Volksbank at the time of his death.
"At the age of 25, 'Matzi' was torn out of this life far too early on Christmas Eve and leaves a deep hole in our midst," Team Volksbank said in a statement.
The Austrian Cycling Federation also issued a statement saying it "mourns the loss of one of the greatest talents and an important pillar of domestic cycling."
Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer expressed his condolences to Matzbacher's family and described the athlete as "one of the most important role models" for young people and one of domestic cycling's "biggest talents."