There's little solace to be had in the wake of Wouter Weylandt's death during Stage Three of the Giro d'Italia. In cycling, the risk of crashing is an unavoidable danger, according to Giro d'Italia leader David Millar. Talking about the descent and Weylandt's crash with The Telegraph, he painted a grim picture of the sport's hazards:
"It was one of the million things that we have to go through. Our sport is very tragic at times, it has been throughout its history, but we get mixed up in a lot of stupid things in this sport.
"But the bottom line is that it's a sport that has its risks every single day."
Weylandt is far from the first cyclist to die while racing, unfortunately. And it is only recently that cycling has mandated helmets during races; after the death of Andrei Kivilev in 2003, the International Cycling Union made wearing a helmet compulsory.
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