Swiss cyclist Gino Mader has died after crashing and falling down a ravine while descending a downhill road.
In a statement on Friday, his team said, “Gino lost his battle to recover from the severe injuries he sustained.’
The death of the 26- year old was announced about 30 minutes before the start of the sixth stage of the eight-day race.
Tour de Suisse is a preparation race before Tour de France kicks off next month.
The descent where Gino crashed has been described as dangerous.
World champion Remco Evenepoel criticized the route for Thursday’s stage.
On his Twitter page the Belgian cyclist said, “While a summit finish would have been perfectly possible, it wasn’t a good decision to let us finish down this dangerous descent. As riders, we should also think about the risks we take going down a mountain.”
American cyclist Magnus Sheffield also fell on the same descent. He was hospitalized with bruises and concussions.
Mador was one of Switzerland’s best young riders. In 2021, he was placed fifth in the Spanish Vuelta and went on to win a stage at Giro d’Italia the same year.
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