Swiss cyclist Gino Mäder died Friday after succumbing to injuries he sustained during the Tour de Suisse Thursday when he crashed on a steep downhill turn, causing him to fall down a ravine, his racing team confirmed. He was 26.
Bahrain Victorious issued a statement announcing Mäder’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 Gino Mäder of Switzerland and Team Bahrain Victorious. (Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of Gino Mäder,” the racing group said in a statement Friday.
The Associated Press reported Mäder crashed down a ravine after making a left-hand turn. His fall of about 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) was stopped by a stream.
Switzerland’s Gino Mader, left, receives medical attention after crashing as Magnus Sheffield of the United States, right, is helped away, 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 exceptional cyclist, Gino Mäder. His talent, dedication and enthusiasm were an inspiration to us all. Not only was he an extremely talented cyclist, but a great person off the bike,” Managing Director Milan Erzen said in a statement provided by the team
The peloton rode together in tribute to Mäder for the final 30 kilometers (18 miles) of Friday’s scheduled route. The race should resume Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.