Cyclist Wouter Weylandt dies in a crash at the Giro

05-09-2011, 03:32 PM
Why do these things have to happen? :sad:

Weylandt dies in Giro d'Italia crash
By: Cycling NewsPublished: May 9, 16:32, Updated: May 9, 17:27Race:Giro d'Italia, Stage 3
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Wouter Weylandt (Leopard Trek) in Paris-Nice

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Leopard-Trek rider crashed on Passo del Bocco

Leopard-Trek's Wouter Weylandt was fatally injured today in a crash on the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. The 26-year-old went down on the Passo del Bocco and was unconscious at the scene.

Paramedics worked to revive the Belgian, doing CPR for an extended period of time before airlifting him to a nearby hospital. Doctors were unable to revive Weylandt.

"Today, our teammate and friend Wouter Weylandt passed away after a crash on the third stage of the Giro d’Italia," said Leopard-Trek Manager Brian Nygaard. "The team is left in a state of shock and sadness and we send all our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Wouter."

"This is a difficult day for cycling and for our team, and we should all seek support and strength in the people close to us."

The third stage continued on, with riders not informed of the grave nature of Weylandt's crash, but race organisers canceled the podium ceremonies for stage winner Angel Vicioso (Androni Giocattoli) and new leader David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo).

Weylandt began his professional career as a trainee with the Quick Step team in 2004, following a victory the U23 Tour of Flanders and podium placings at the U23 Paris-Roubaix and E3 Prijs Harelbeke.

While his first of six full seasons with Quick Step was delayed by a case of glandular fever, his promise in the Classics was demonstrated with a second place in the 2006 Nokere Koerse.

While he spent much of his time at Quick Step as one of Tom Boonen's main helpers, he earned his victory in the top ranks in the 2007 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, where he also took second overall. He followed that with the Ronde van het Groene Hart and stages of the Tour of Belgium and Ster Elektrotoer.

After taking his first Classics podium with a third in Gent-Wevelgem, Weylandt won the 17th stage of the 2008 Vuelta a España in his first Grand Tour appearance. He last year won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia, where he bested the top sprinters in the peloton after a marathon stage to Middelburg.

Weylandt signed with the nascent Leopard Trek squad for the 2011 season.

Cyclingnews extends our deepest sympathies to Weylandt's family, friends and teammates.

05-09-2011, 04:01 PM
yes why:( so many risks for what?
no right neither for a Big cyclist as for a gregrario:(


05-09-2011, 04:26 PM
Very :sad:


05-09-2011, 04:35 PM
And especially :sad: for his wife who expects their child in the autumn.

05-09-2011, 04:46 PM
:sad: RIP.

Sunset of Age
05-09-2011, 04:52 PM
That's horrible. :sad:

05-09-2011, 04:58 PM
Just saw the images on tv. Heartbreaking stuff.

26 years old, about to become a dad and then, this happens. :sad:

RIP Wouterke.

Johnny Groove
05-09-2011, 05:58 PM
Jesus. :sad:

05-09-2011, 06:09 PM
RIP Wouter :sad:

05-09-2011, 06:21 PM
Horrible. RIP Wouter :sad:

Chair Umpire
05-09-2011, 08:19 PM
Just heard it on the TV. It's heartbreaking. He was only 26 years old.

RIP Wouter.

05-09-2011, 10:03 PM
Nice tributes to Weylandt in this article.

05-10-2011, 01:44 AM
:eek::sad:. RIP Wouter.

Bolar Bolabi
05-10-2011, 05:54 AM
Absolutely gutted. My prayers and thoughts to his family, friends and team-mates.

Australian cyclist Shamus Liptrot passed away too overnight.

He was a talented track cyclist and a few years ago crashed in the scratch race and went straight into a light pole. He suffered brain trauma, a fractured jaw, femur, and skull and was lucky to escape with his life.

Doctors at the time were enthusiastic about his recovery and in the last 18 months, Liptrot had learnt how to walk and talk again and was back training on his bike at home.

Sad story!

05-10-2011, 08:29 AM
And especially :sad: for his wife who expects their child in the autumn.


So horrible. I don't know why, when I heard this news, it reminded me of that Georgian luger at the Olympics that crashed into that turn and died, and how the TV channels here just kept showing the footage, it was awful.

05-10-2011, 08:33 AM
I still can't believe this :sad: When I left from work yesterday he was in critical condition...I come home and he's gone :sad:

Rust zacht Wouter :hug:

05-10-2011, 10:30 AM
Cycling is such a dangerous sport. I still remember when Kivilev died and the UCI ruled all cyclists were to wear helmets.


05-10-2011, 11:30 AM
Cycling is such a dangerous sport. I still remember when Kivilev died and the UCI ruled all cyclists were to wear helmets.


This doesn't belong here, but I don't think cycling is a particularly difficult sport.

05-10-2011, 06:39 PM
Extremely touching images today.


Autopsy confirms he died instantly and didn't suffer. A certain relief.