Courtesy of Anita van Crey
Professional rider Denis Zanette of the Fassa-Bortolo team has suddenly died, supposedly due to a cardiac arrest, on Friday night at Pordenone hospital.
The 32-year-old professional rider (he would have been 33 on March 23rd) from Sacile was taken to the hospital of the northern Italian town after suffering a heart attack at the dentist office where he had gone for a common teeth-cleaning procedure.
The man collapsed at the moment of leaving. He was immediately assisted and transported to Pordenone hospital's emrgency room, but died shortly after his arrival. An inquiry has been opened.
Denis Zanette had a contract with Fassa-Bortolo for the 2003 season. Five-time winner in his career as a pro rider, his most important successes were two Giro stages: at Santuario di Vicoforte (on a rainy day of 1995) and in the "foreign" stage of the 2001 Tour of Italy finishing into Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The first words Fassa's director Giancarlo Ferretti said after he knew what had happened were "Unfortunately it's true. It all happened suddenly, while Dennis was at the dentist office. First we thought it was because of something related to the anesthesia, but they told us he was there for a simple teeth-cleaning. We have not been able to talk t his family yet. They all are still at the hospital. It's an awful thing that upset us all. We should have met on Friday. We worked well together. It's a very bad moment. There's not much left to say".
The Daily Peloton extends its deep and sincere condolences to Denis' family and friends, and the whole Fassa-Bortolo team.
DENIS ZANETTE - BIO/PALMARES
Born in Sacile (Pordenone - Italy) on March 23, 1970.
Current Team: FASSA BORTOLO
Professional Rider since 1995
1998: VINI CALDIROLA
1999: TEAM POLTI
2000: LIQUIGAS PATA
2001: LIQUIGAS PATA
PALMARES - WINS:
1995: 1 Stage Giro d'Italia (Santuario di Vicoforte)
1996: 1 Stage Tour of Sardinia (Quartu Sant' Elena)
1997: 1 Stage Volta ao Portugal (Braganca)
1998: No Wins
1999: No Wins
2000: 1 Stage Tour of Denmark (Ringkøbing - Viborg)
2001: 1 Stage Giro d'Italia (Ljubljana)
2002: No Wins