Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sad news in bicycling racing yesterday: Tribute day today


Leopard Trek lead Giro tribute to Wouter Weylandt

Riders taking part in the Giro d'Italia are today to pay a moving tribute to fellow racer Wouter Weylandt, who died in a crash yesterday. Weylandt's Leopard Trek team-mates are to be allowed to cross the finish line ahead of the peloton in a stage dedicated to his memory.

“This is not a day for fighting for positions,” pink jersey wearer David Millar explained before the start in Genoa. The teams will take it in turns to pace the peloton for 10km at a time at speed of 37-40kph. With 1km to go, Millar will give the signal to the remaining eight Leopard Trek riders to move to the front.

After the stage, there will be no post-race protocol or jersey presentations. Instead, the Leopard Trek riders will come on to the podium as part of a further dedication to Weylandt’s memory. There were moving scenes before the start in Genoa. A special fenced-off space was reserved for the Leopard Trek team bus, and riders filed through one by one to offer condolences to the team’s riders and staff.

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