Leopard Trek has released a statement on the passing of its rider, Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt, during Stage Three of the Giro d'Italia. Via Podium Cafe:
Today, our team mate and friend Wouter Weylandt passed away after a crash on the 3rd stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The team is left in a state of shock and sadness and we send all our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Wouter.
This is a difficult day for cycling and for our team, and we should all seek support and strength in the people close to us.
Weylandt fell during a descent 12.4 miles from the finish in northern Italy and lay motionless and bleeding heavily on the roadside before paramedics removed his helmet and tried to resuscitate him.
"We arrived immediately as we were behind his group," Giro doctor Giovanni Tredici said. "He was unconscious with a fracture of the skull base and facial damage. After 40 minutes of cardiac massage we had to suspend the resuscitation because there was nothing more we could do."
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