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Tour de Suisse: Gino Mader dies aged 26 after stage five crash

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Gino Mader
Gino Mader passed away on Friday morning

Swiss cyclist Gino Mader has died at the age of 26 after crashing on stage five of the Tour de Suisse.

The Team Bahrain Victorious rider was involved in a high-speed crash with American Magnus Sheffield, 21, on Thursday on the descent of the Albula Pass and fell into a ravine.

He was resuscitated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital in Chur, but passed away on Friday morning.

Bahrain Victorious said Mader was “one of the shining lights of our team”.

“Gino was an extraordinary athlete, an example of determination, a valued member of our team and the whole cycling community,” Mader’s team said.

“His talent, dedication and passion for the sport has inspired us all.”

Team managing director Milan Erzen said: “Not only was he an extremely talented cyclist, but a great person off the bike.

“Bahrain Victorious will race in his honour, keeping his memory on every road we race. We are determined to show the spirit and passion Gino displayed, and he will always remain an integral part of our team.”

A statement said the Tour de Suisse is “heartbroken” by Mader’s death, while the UCI – cycling’s world governing body – said he was a “rising star”.

UCI president David Lappartient said on Twitter: “Deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news that professional road cyclist Gino Mader has passed away. This is a terrible blow to the whole cycling community and I send my heartfelt condolences to Gino’s family and friends.”

Ineos Grenadiers rider Sheffield was taken to hospital with a concussion and soft tissue damage.

Mader was a track cyclist before turning professional on the road in 2019 and joined Team Bahrain Victorious two years later.

In 2021, he won stage six of the Giro d’Italia and finished top of the young rider classification at the Vuelta a Espana.

In a statement, the professional riders’ association the CPA said: “Our hearts bleed at this news. Condolences to his family, the team and the many friends who loved him.”

After the conclusion of stage five, Soudal-Quickstep rider and road race world champion Remco Evenepoel expressed his concernsexternal-link over the “dangerous descent” at the finish.

Gino Mader receives medical attention after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Magnus Sheffield from the USA of Ineos Grenadiers is being assisted by medical staff and walks away.
Gino Mader fell into a ravine after crashing with Magnus Sheffield, who was helped to walk away from the scene
Riders at the Tour de Suisse console each other after learning of Gino Mader's death
Riders console each other after learning of Gino Mader’s death
Riders and teams, stood in a large circle, are told of Gino Mader's death
Riders and teams were told of Gino Mader’s death prior to the start of stage six
A rider and team members console each other stood next to the Bahrain Victorious team bus
Bahrain Victorious team members are visibly shaken by the news



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