Wouter Weylandt Crash

May 9, 2011 by staff 

Wouter Weylandt CrashWouter Weylandt Crash, Wouter Weylandt Belgian cyclist has died after crashing during Monday’s third stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Leopard-Trek rider fell at high speed during decent about 20 km (12.4 miles) from the finish of the stage at Rapallo Reggio Emilia.

The 26-year-old, lying motionless on the edge of the road as paramedics tried to revive him. “Despite immediate treatment there was nothing we could do,” said Dr. Giovanni Tredici Italian television.

“He died of a fracture in the front of his skull. We arrived at the scene 30 seconds after the accident. We tried for 40 minutes to revive him.”

Leopard Trek Vanderjeugd spokesman Tim said: “I can confirm the death of Wouter Weylandt. “He was taken to hospital but was dead at the scene.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Isle of Man rider Mark Cavendish, said on Twitter: “Things like this should not happen absolutely sick to my stomach My thoughts are with his family RIP Wouter Weylandt….”

The seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong said on Twitter: “I am shocked and saddened he rest in peace.”

Sky Team rider Russell Downing, who also participates in the race, told Twitter: “after seeing Wouter I feel sick inside … Rip … u will be missed without words.”

Race director Angelo Zomegnan said he had taken all possible safety measures before the tragedy, but now would be strengthened.

“Since the accident, we have done everything possible to ensure security measures are already being reviewed and reinforced by teams of specialists,” said Zomegnan.

“No race in the world spends as much on ensuring that you can come to the rescue of accident victims.”

Weylandt moved to Leopard-Trek team at the start of the season after turning pro with the Quick Step in 2005.

Leopard-Trek general manager Brian Nygaard said: “Today, our colleague and friend Wouter Weylandt died after an accident in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia.

“The team is left in a state of shock and sadness and we send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends Wouter.

“This is a difficult day for cycling and for our team, and we must all seek the support and strength in those close to us.”

The Quick Step team said his “heart Wouter’s family, friends and colleagues from the Leopard team at this moment sad, sad.”

“For all of us, Wouter was a friend before he was a co-worker. We remember him as an honest man, always ready with a smile on his face and always generous to the guy next door,” read a statement Quick Step.

“Wouter leaves us with a terrible sense of loss and excruciating pain. We remember him with his arms raised, wild with joy after a win, like last year Middelburg.

“This is the image that we all carry in our hearts forever.”

The International Cycling Union said in a statement: “The UCI has heard of the death Wouter Weylandt with great sadness and thoughts president, Pat McQuaid, and prayers to the pilot’s family and friends but also to the pilots, who overcame surprise to start tomorrow’s race. ”

Australian Stuart O’Grady and the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank were among his teammates in Leopard-Trek.

The organizers canceled the celebration on the final podium of the stage on Monday.

Weylandt was the first driver killed in an accident in one of the three major cycling tours from Italian rider Fabio Casartelli in the Tour de France 1995.

He is the fourth rider to die in the Giro and the first in 25 years. Orfeo Ponsin died in 1952, Juan Manuel Santisteban in 1976 and in 1986 Emilio Ravasio.

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