The talented Queensland cyclist was training north of Milan when she was struck by a car and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
In the hours following the tragedy, tributes began to flow for the 26 year old from Sherwood in Queensland.
Federal Minister for Sport Mark Arbib, offered the government's condolences saying 'On behalf of the Government I pass on my condolences to her family and friends in the sporting world."
"Carly was well known for the dedication and enthusiasm she brought to every event and training session. She was a beloved team member and will be sorely missed by all who knew her," he said.
Cycling Australia said Carly was a former runner who came into cycling through a talent identification scheme. She was a scholarship holder at the Queensland Academy of Sport for two years and raced domestically with the MBCycles team from 2006 to 2008.
Carly won the women's Cycling Australia National Road Series in 2008 after earning points in all six rounds. She moved to Italy in 2009 to pursue a cycling career racing with the Michela Fanini-Record-Rox team up until this season when she joined Cassina Rizzardi A Style Fionucci.
Yesterday afternoon Carly's family issued a short statement thanking the sporting community and Carly's many friends for their kind thoughts and expressions of sorrow.
"We appreciate everyone's kind thoughts on the very sad news we received overnight, regarding Carly's sudden passing in Italy.
Carly has been racing in Italy for the past three years and loving every minute of it. She was living her dream. It was her passion, along with her love for Cameron, to whom she was to be married in October this year.
They spoke to each other constantly, not a day went by without numerous calls.
Her love of cycling was fostered from a very early age by her parents, her father, Mark and brother Luke, riding along with her and her mother Ros was a constant support and gave her great encouragement.
Carly's many friends throughout the world have been coming forward with messages of love for Carly, Cameron and their families.
We very much appreciate these messages but do ask that everyone respects our privacy at this time to allows us time to come to terms with what has happened.
Special thanks go to the cycling community for their support and many, many messages."