Gino Mader dies aged 26 after crashing at Tour de Suisse

Gino Mader dies aged 26 after crashing at Tour de Suisse

June 16, 2023

Swiss cyclist Gino Mader died Friday, one day after crashing and falling down a ravine during a descent at the Tour de Suisse, the Bahrain-Victorious team has confirmed.

The 26-year-old Mader crashed on a fast downhill road approaching the end of the mountainous fifth stage into La Punt.

‘Gino lost his battle to recover from the severe injuries he sustained,’ the team said in a statement.

‘Despite the best efforts of the phenomenal staff at Chur hospital, Gino couldn’t make it through this, his final and biggest challenge, and at 11:30 a.m. we said goodbye to one of the shining lights of our team.’

Medical staff who reached Mader found him motionless in water. They performed CPR before he was airlifted to the hospital.

‘Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Gino’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,’ Bahrain-Victorious said.

The Tour de Suisse is a preparation race ahead of next month’s Tour de France.

Mader’s death was announced about 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the sixth stage in the eight-day race. The start was delayed and riders gathered in a silent tribute.

The route for Thursday’s stage was later criticized by world champion Remco Evenepoel, who finished 10th and is fourth in the overall standings.

‘While a summit finish would have been perfectly possible, it wasn’t a good decision to let us finish down this dangerous descent,’ Evenepoel wrote on his Twitter account. “As riders, we should also think about the risks we take going down a mountain.’

A second rider also crashed at the same spot. Magnus Sheffield of the United States sustained a concussion and bruises and was treated at a local hospital.

Mader was one of Switzerland’s best young riders. He won a stage at the 2021 Giro d’Italia and placed fifth overall in the Spanish Vuelta that year. He also was fifth in the Paris-Nice stage race in March.

‘We are heartbroken,’ Tour de Suisse organizers said in a statement. ‘Gino, you’ve been an excellent rider but even more a wonderful person. Always smiling and making people happy around you.’

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