Swiss cyclist, 26, dies after crashing, falling into ravine during race: ‘We are devastated’

Swiss cyclist Gino Mader His racing team confirmed he died on Thursday after suffering injuries during the Tour de Suisse when he crashed on a steep slope, sending him into a ravine. He was 26 years old.

Bahrain Victorious announced this by issuing a statement Mader̵7;s death,

Sean Flynn of the United Kingdom and Team DSM, left, and Quinn Simmons of the United States and Team Trek-Segafredo were shocked by the death of Switzerland’s Gino Mader and Team Bahrain Victorious. (Dario Bellingheri / Getty Images)

“It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of Gino Mader,” racing group said in a statement on Friday.

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“Gino was an exceptional athlete, an example of determination, an important member of our team and the entire cycling community. His talent, dedication and passion for the sport have inspired us all.”

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Gino Mader waits for the start of the 7th stage of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race on May 14, 2021 in Notaresco, Italy. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

According to the statement, Mader was making the final descent during stage 5 when “speeding incidenthappened. He was revived before being airlifted to the hospital.

He was declared dead the next morning.

The Associated Press reported that Mader fell into the ravine after making a left-hand turn. His fall of about 30 meters (about 100 ft) was stopped by a current.

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Gino Mader of Switzerland, left, receives medical attention after crashing as Magnus Sheffield of the United States is helped during the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse in Punt, Thursday, June 15, 2023. (SWpix/Zac Williams/Keystone via AP)

“We are devastated by the loss of our extraordinary cyclist Gino Mader. His talent, dedication and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all of us. Not only was he an extremely talented cyclist, but also a great person off the bike,” managing director Milan Arjen said in a statement provided by the team


“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and our thoughts are with him during this difficult time. Bahrain Victorious will run a race in his honor, commemorating every road we run on. and determined to show passion. Gino demonstrated that, and he will always be an integral part of our team.”

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The pack climbs the Furka Pass during stage five of the 86th Tour de Suisse UCI World Tour cycling race in Gomes, Switzerland, Thursday, June 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Mader’s death was announced about 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the sixth stage of the eight-day race. The start was delayed, and the riders gathered in a silent tribute before the stage was cancelled.

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The peloton rode together to pay tribute to Mader for the last 30 kilometers (18 mi) of Friday’s scheduled route. Racing should resume on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.