Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Wouter Weylandt

The cycling world is in shock after the death of Wouter Weylandt on the 3rd stage of the Giro. Seems it was a freak crash on the descent of the Passo del Bocco witnessed by Manuel Cardoso.

"Wouter was dropped and tried to come back in the group. He then looked behind to see if it would be better to wait for the other dropped guys," Maertens recalled Cardoso's statements. "While looking behind he hit with his left pedal or left side of his handlebars a small wall and was catapulted to the other side of the road where he hit again something."

David Millar, in his usual eloquent way,  summed up what the sport means to so many people, despite it's dangers “I love cycling, and I've always been enchanted by the epic scale of it all, it was why I fell in love with it as a boy. Yet Wouter's death today goes beyond anything that our sport is supposed to be about, it is a tragedy that we as sportsmen never expect, yet we live with it daily, completely oblivious to the dangers we put ourselves in. This is a sad reminder to us, the racers, what risks we take and what lives we lead."

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