Giro d’Italia Stage 3 – RIP Wouter Weylandt

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It’s sadly ironic that Wouter Weylandt won stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia in 2010. It was his last big victory of his career, and unfortunately his life.

It’s always confronting when a fellow cyclist is killed. There’s a mutual respect amongst cyclists because of the inherant dangers involved in our sport. The risk of dying everytime we head out on the roads is very real. Most of us will not have known Wouter Weylandt, but we can all appreciate that what happened to him can happen to any one of us. Rest in peace Wouter.

Velonews published an account from RadioShack rider Manuel Cardoso who saw Wouter’s crash:

Cardoso was trailing Weylandt near the bottom of the Passo del Bocco with about 25km to go when he saw the big Belgian crash.
RadioShack press attaché Philippe Maertens released this e-mail to VeloNews on what Cardoso saw: “Wouter was dropped and tried to come back to the group,” Maertens wrote of Cardoso’s reaction. “(Weylandt) then looked behind to see if he would be better to wait for other dropped riders (some 20). While looking behind, he hit with his left pedal or the left side of his handlebars on a small wall and was catapulted to the other side of the road when he hit again something. It must have been terrible.”

Cardoso later finished in a group of riders at 3:20 back that also included Leopard-Trek rider Tom Stamsnijder, who also saw his teammate fall. “I saw him crash,” Stamsnijder said at the line. “It was a very hard fall.”

The last time I can remember a death due to a crash in professional cycling was in 2003 Paris-Nice when Andrei Kivilev died from head injuries while not wearing a helmet. This prompted the UCI to enforce compulsory helmet rules at the start of the 2003 Giro d’Italia (although not on mountain-top finishes). Stage 3 of Paris-Nice was neutralised and I suspect the same thing will be done in tomorrow’s stage of the Giro.

Final Kilometers

Photos

courtesy of Sirotti and RCS

Stage 3 Results

1 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 3:57:38
2 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
4 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
5 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
6 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:12
7 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team
8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox 0:00:21
9 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
10 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale

111 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
170 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:05:18
175 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
185 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
188 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
192 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
205 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team

General Classification After Stage 3

1 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 10:04:29
2 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:07
3 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:09
4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad
5 Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad
6 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:12
7 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:13
8 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18
9 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack 0:00:19
10 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack

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