Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunny weather in Regio and a guy going about the day's business , one wonders if he recalled that last year he stood on the podium as winner of that year's stage 3 ?
Statements and Condolences flow from yesterday's tragedy , Wouter was a popular rider born 27/9/84 in Ghent and leaves a pregnant wife , Anne Sophie who has been flown into Milano .
Hopefully the Media will stand back and allow her to grieve in peace . Wouter's colleagues will no doubt be faced with the decision as to whether to continue .
From RCS the holder of the rights to the race :
"Angelo Zomegnan, Director of the Giro d’Italia:"First of all, we want to express condolences to Wouter’s family and to his wife Anne Sofie that we're going to receive at Malpensa Airport at 22.30. As Prof. Tredici explained, what happened was inevitable. The doctors have done everything they could but the situation was hopeless from the very first moments. We also thank them for their efforts and for the immediate intervention. We have received messages of condolence from the UCI President, Pat McQuaid, the president of Federciclismo, Renato Di Rocco, and the president of the professional riders, Gianni Bugno. We had already planned to remember the victims of Lamezia Terme in St. Eufemia, during the eighth stage from Sapri in Tropea. Unfortunately, will have one more to remember. I want to emphasize that we respect the choices of the Leopard Trek Team and those of other teams to decide what to do in the coming days. Before considering other details we would like to meet the family."
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As a mark of respect i will ride in Black today but will add ribbons if i can find them , my Italian not being that good . My last encounter with Wouter was in Torino at the team presentation as seen in the photo :
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