Leopard Trek Cycling Team To Leave Giro d’Italia After Wouter Weylandt's Death

Wouter Weylandt's tragic death during the 2011 Giro d'Italia has moved his Leopard Trek teammates to skip the rest of the race, the team announced on its Facebook page Tuesday. The post says the entire organization supports the decision to leave the race, with general manager Brian Nygaard saying, "We have always said that we would stand behind their choice."

Fabian Wegmann, Leopard Trek captain, on the team choosing not to finish:

We have a lot of respect for the Giro d'Italia and for cycling, but we simply cannot continue racing given the circumstances. We are professional athletes, but we feel this is the right thing to do.    

Comments by and large are supportive of the team's decision to stop competing in the race after having lost a teammate in action. Fans along Tuesday's leg of the race also paid their respects to the departed Weylandt.

For more on Weylandt's death and professional cycling, please visit Podium Cafe.

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