Gino Mäder, 26, died of his injuries a day after his car crashed and fell into a ravine during the Tour of Switzerland.
Swiss cyclist Gino Mäder died after crashing and falling down a canyon on the descent of the Tour de Suisse, according to his team Bahrain-Victorious.
Mäder, 26, crashed on Thursday on a fast downhill road near the end of the hilly fifth stage towards La Punt.
“Gino lost the battle to recover from the serious injury he suffered,” the team said in a statement Friday.
“Despite the best efforts of the wonderful staff at Chur Hospital, Gino couldn’t make it through and this was his final and biggest challenge, and at 11.30am we said goodbye to one of the bright lights in the team. “
Medical personnel rushed to Mäder and found him motionless in the water. They performed CPR before he was airlifted to hospital.
“Our entire team has been devastated by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Gino’s family and loved ones at this extremely difficult time,” Baring-Victory said.
The Tour de Suisse is the run-up to next month’s Tour de France.
Mäder’s death was announced about 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the sixth stage of the eight-day race. The start was delayed and the drivers gathered to observe a moment of silence.
The route of Thursday’s stage was later criticized by world champion Remko Evenpool, who finished 10th and fourth in the overall standings.
“While it is entirely possible to complete the summit, it is not a good decision to let us complete this dangerous descent. As riders, we should also consider the risks we take when going down the mountain,” the Belgian cyclist said in his push. Said on the special account.
American Magnus Sheffield also fell from Albula on the race’s most difficult climbs.
Organizers said the Ineos-Grenadiers rider was hospitalized with “bruises and a concussion”.
Mäder is one of the best young riders in Switzerland. He won a stage at the 2021 Giro d’Italia and finished fifth in that year’s Giro d’España. He also finished fifth in the Paris-Nice stage race in March.
“We are heartbroken,” Tour of Switzerland organizers said in a statement. “Gino, you are a great rider, but more importantly, you are a great person. Always smiling and making those around you happy.”
At the end of the race on Sunday, a reporter asked Mäder what would make him happy at the end of the week.
“If I’m still fit and like my home games, maybe I’ll have some success with the team,” Medel once said.
Team manager Milan Erzen praised the driver, saying his “talent, dedication and enthusiasm are an inspiration to us all.”
“Not only is he a very talented cyclist,” Erzen said, “but he’s also a good guy on the bike.”