Gino Mader dead at 26: Tour de Swiss cyclist dies following high-speed crash

BREAKING NEWS: Tour de Swiss cyclist Gino Mader dies aged 26 after he fell into a ravine in a high-speed crash

  • Gino Mader has died following a crash on the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse  
  • The cyclist was involved in a high-speed crash before he fell into a ravine
  • The Swiss cyclist was airlifted to hospital but sadly passed away on Friday 

Swiss cyclist Gino Mader has passed away at the age of 26 following a crash during the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse. 

The cyclist was involved in a high-speed collision with American Magnus Sheffield on the descent of the Albula Pass in the Swiss Alps on Thursday.

The Team Bahrain Victorious cyclist fell into a ravine after the crash and was resuscitated at the scene before being air-lifted to a hospital in Chur.

Mader sadly passed away on Friday morning after doctors had worked to save his life overnight.  

In a statement, Bahrain Victorious said: ‘It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of Gino Mäder. On Friday 16th June, following a very serious crash during stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, Gino lost his battle to recover from the severe injuries he sustained. 

‘Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Gino’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

‘Gino was an extraordinary athlete, an example of determination, a valued member of our team and the whole cycling community.

‘His talent, dedication and passion for the sport has inspired us all.’

The team’s managing director, Milan Erzen, said: ‘Not only was he an extremely talented cyclist, but a great person off the bike.

‘Bahrain Victorious will race in his honour, keeping his memory on every road we race. We are determined to show the spirit and passion Gino displayed, and he will always remain an integral part of our team.’

The Tour de Suisse made a statement saying they were ‘heartbroken’ by the news while also saying ‘Gino you’ve been an excellent rider but even more a wonderful person. Rest in peace. Our thoughts are with Gino’s family.’

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, also made a statement on Twitter that read: ‘The UCI is devastated to learn of the death of professional cyclist, Gino Mäder. 

‘Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone connected with Gino who was a rising star within the professional ranks of cycling.’

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