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Sierra Nevada pro slain

Sierra Nevada-Cannondale rider Ryan Smith was stabbed to death in theearly morning hours of Sunday, April 28, in Sacramento. According to team director Mike Neel, the 23-year-old first-year pro was fatally wounded during an argument inside his girlfriend’s apartment building and collapsed in the street. Police later arrested the woman’s formerboyfriend, 21-year-old Ryan Moreno. “From talking to his roommate who witnessed the whole thing, Ryan wasn'teven aware he had been stabbed," Neel told VeloNews. Smith collapsed in the street in front of his girlfriend's apartment building as

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By VeloNews Interactive

Sierra Nevada-Cannondale rider Ryan Smith was stabbed to death in theearly morning hours of Sunday, April 28, in Sacramento.

According to team director Mike Neel, the 23-year-old first-year pro was fatally wounded during an argument inside his girlfriend’s apartment building and collapsed in the street. Police later arrested the woman’s formerboyfriend, 21-year-old Ryan Moreno.

“From talking to his roommate who witnessed the whole thing, Ryan wasn’teven aware he had been stabbed,” Neel told VeloNews.

Smith collapsed in the street in front of his girlfriend’s apartment building as the two men moved outside to continue their confrontation. Though a rescue unit arrived on the scene quickly, emergency personnelat the University of California-Davis Medical Center were unable to saveSmith who had suffered serious damage to his kidneys.

According to Sacramento police, a sheriff’s deputy spotted Moreno’s carabout an hour after the assault and arrested him after a high-speedchase.

Neel and the rest of the team learned of Smith’s death on Monday as theywere traveling to New Mexico for the Tour of the Gila stage race.

“We got a call from his father,” Neel said. “We turned around and headedback home to be with his family.”

A memorial service is planned in Smith’s home town of Visalia,California, on Saturday.