Monday, May 7, 2012

Remembering Wouter Weylandt

"One year ago, on stage three of the Giro d'Italia, our team mate and friend Wouter Weylandt died after crashing on the descent from the Passo del Bocco. Today, the peloton in the Giro d'Italia will commemorate the anniversary of his death, by holding a minute of silence at the start of the stage in Horsens. They will also pay homage to Mayor Jan Trøjborg of Horsens, who died yesterday.

The crash of Wouter, who had won stage three of the Giro one year earlier, left the peloton in shock. Stage four, along the Tuscan coast to Livorno, was neutralized, with each team leading the pack for 10km and each rider in the knowledge that what happened to Wouter could have happened to any one of their number.

Wouter's partner An-Sophie and his family received great support from the Giro organizers and the whole cycling family. The team established a fund to provide monetary assistance to the family.

Wouter, stai sempre con noi. We will never forget your radiant smile and your witty humor. You spoke with great pride about becoming a father and starting a family with An-Sophie. We will miss you. Remember you. Celebrate you. Forever hold you in our hearts."

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