The injuries that Swiss cyclist Gino Maeder got after he fell into a ravine during a stage of the Tour of Switzerland caused him to pass away on Friday, according to his team Bahrain-Victorious. Maeder was participating in the Tour of Switzerland.
Maeder, who is 26 years old, went down on Thursday during a high-speed descent on the fifth stage of the race, which was held between Fiesch and La Punt. This occurred after a grueling day that had three ascents of more than 2,000 meters in height.
According to the event organizers, he was discovered “lifeless in the water” of a ravine below the road, “immediately resuscitated,” and then “transported to the hospital in Chur by air.”
Gino, however, “lost his battle to recover from the serious injuries he sustained,” according to a statement released by Bahrain-Victorious the following day.
Gino was unable to make it through this, his final and toughest hurdle, and at 11:30 in the morning, we said our goodbyes to one of the brightest lights on our team. “Despite the best efforts of the phenomenal staff at Chur Hospital,” the team concluded, “Gino was not able to make it through this.”
“Gino’s family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers as we go through this incredibly trying time,” said the captain of the squad, who added that “our entire group is heartbroken by this terrible accident.”
Maeder had gotten off to a terrific start to the season, as seen by his fifth-place result in the Paris-Nice race.
Magnus Sheffield, an American cyclist, also crashed during the same descent from Albula, which occurred during the most challenging stage of the race since it included many peaks. The rider for Ineos-Grenadiers was taken to the hospital after suffering “bruises and concussion,” according to the event organizers.
On Thursday, the reigning world champion Remco Evenepoel voiced his disapproval of the decision to hold the race on such a hazardous course.
The Belgian remarked on Twitter that it “wasn’t a good decision to let us finish down this dangerous descent,” despite the fact that reaching the finish line at the peak would have been completely achievable.
“As riders, we should also think about the risks we take when going down a mountain.”