RIDE IN PEACE WOUTER WEYLANDT
Tragedy struck hard during the Giro d’Italia today as Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt was involved in a fatal crash. My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and all those around him.
Awful news. The worst thing about it is that deaths in professional cycling are still hard to prevent, despite the changes made to helmet rules since Fabio Casartelli’s death in the 95’ Tour de France. It’s a brutal sport, with riders risking everything just to gain mere seconds on staggering descents. They know that one poor turn, lose of concentration, or a bike fault could result in something far worse than gravel rash or a broken collarbone. As David Millar said yesterday, a fatal crash in cycling is “the unthinkable. It’s probably a one and a million thing if you had to put a number on it. At the same time, it could happen on any corner or descent. The bottom line is, the guys who are here and racing are the best cyclists in the world, but the best can have a mechanical or can find themselves in the wrong place or the wrong time and have that happen”
R.I.P. Wouter Weylandt