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16th Jun 2023

Cyclist dies following horror fall during Tour de Suisse

Rory Fleming

Gino Mader fell into a ravine after a high-speed crash.

Professional cyclist Gino Mader has died following a horror fall during stage five of the Tour de Suisse cycling race, his team have announced.

Mader, racing for Team Bahrain Victorious, fell into a ravine after a high-speed crash on Thursday. He was resuscitated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital, however, he was later pronounced dead on Friday morning.

The incident occurred along a steep descent at the Albula Pass, with Mader involved in a collision with American rider Magnus Sheffield.

The high-speed crash caused Mader to lose control and fall down a roadside ravine. Upon being resuscitated, the 26-year-old was airlifted to hospital in the nearby town of Chur.

Gino Mader

Announcing his passing on Friday morning, Team Bahrain Victorious paid tribute to Mader, describing him as “one of the shining lights of our team”.

The team said in its statement: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of Gino Mader”.

“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”.

Thanking staff at the local hospital for their efforts in attempting to save Mader’s life, Team Bahrain Victorious added;

“Despite the best efforts of the phenomenal staff at Chur hospital, Gino couldn’t make it through this, his final and biggest challenge, and at 11:30am we said goodbye to one of the shining lights of our team”.

Hailing the Swiss native as “an extraordinary athlete”, the statement also labelled Mader as “an example of determination, a valued member of our team and the whole cycling community”.

Mader had been racing with the team for two years since joining back in 2021, and had previously won stages during both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de Suisse in the past.

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