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Old 05-09-11, 10:35 AM
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Wouter Weylandt 1984 – 2011

Terrible, shocking news.

All our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Old 05-09-11, 11:46 AM
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I just saw that post on the Huffington. The video was graphic. What happened?
Never thought that anything like that would happen.
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Here is a link to a news release.
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Today my pedals turn in sadness. RIP
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Originally Posted by I_like_cereal View Post
I just saw that post on the Huffington. The video was graphic. What happened?
Never thought that anything like that would happen.
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.”

Article is from here:https://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...apulted_172107

So sad. RIP Wouter
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Old 05-09-11, 01:36 PM
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Very sad to hear. Condolences to his family.
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Old 05-09-11, 01:43 PM
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Horrible news.

RIP Woulter.

Condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 05-09-11, 02:08 PM
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Youtube is not playing around with taking the videos down. Good on them. No need to splash it everywhere.
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
Youtube is not playing around with taking the videos down. Good on them. No need to splash it everywhere.
Might be nice if the Huffington Post did the same thing...
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Old 05-09-11, 02:26 PM
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Recorded the stage while at work got home and watched it.

Big shock to hear the sad news. Doesn't really matter anymore who wins in 2011 just hope everybody else makes it to Milan in good health.
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Old 05-09-11, 02:50 PM
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RIP Wouter

I was watching the Eurosport UK feed - Harmon and Kelly were both saying they feared a crash (albiet in the final Km). David even said something about "a big one today".

Wouter won Stage 3 last year - how cruel life can be.

I hope he is now in peace and cycling with the angels. My prayers to his family, girlfriend and unborn child.

RIP Wouter
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Whats the big deal of showing him in the floor? At the time and place was just another crash, nobody knew about the gravity of the accident and if so...

Haven't the media shown again and again holocaust videos, in slow motion frame by frame how JFK got shot, the Twin towers, US soldiers blown into pieces by Iraq road bombs, etc, and here we are making a fluster just because he was shown on the floor for a few seconds.

Its not as if his body is been broadcast on every channel again and again.

Not that he may rest in peace, but that he has lived a happy and peaceful/joyful life, in harmony with himself and with others.

The only thing that I do not agree with is that Universal Sports stated "killed 25km from the finish", when it should be died.

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Old 05-09-11, 03:37 PM
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Gosh, he was the same age as me. So sad.
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Very sad. Cycling is dangerous and we all need to remember not to put ourselves into positions where we can kill ourselves. Ride safe, everyone.
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Damn.
And his girlfriend is five-months pregnant.
So very sad.
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Originally Posted by oneofpr View Post
Whats the big deal of showing him in the floor? At the time and place was just another crash, nobody knew about the gravity of the accident and if so...
Yes, the first time it was understandable, they show crashed cyclists all the time and they cut away quickly when they realised what was going on. But there's no need to distribute those images anymore.

RIP Wouter Weylandt.
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This is so sad. It really brings home how dangerous the sport is and how even the slightest bike handling error at high speed can bring on disaster.

For me it would be useful to see the video of the actual crash. I would imagine this would be the case for anyone who races at high speed. I am always looking to learn how I might better protect myself and this is why I want to see the crash.

I recall last year in one of the grand tours a rider crashed at high speed and in the replay one could see he had adjusted his hand position on the bars at high speed. Clearly his movement was too quick and jerky for the specific circumstance. Not a day goes by now when I'm descending at high speed that I don't think of this crash and make sure to make controlled, smooth transitions on the bars.
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Very sad. Cycling is dangerous and we all need to remember not to put ourselves into positions where we can kill ourselves. Ride safe, everyone.
A very sad day for our sport.. I can't imagine such fast descents as our pros need attain.. Descents can feel wobbly at 40 mph, I can't imagine speeds greater than that. As the team's trainer said, our sport is dangerous. Do we need take so many risks.?
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I'm just a commuter and don't follow the sporting side of cycling much but the key to this accident seems to be he lost his line during a shoulder check (look back). I use a glasses mounted mirror and can't see this happening to me even at commuting speeds. Why don't racers wear them?
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For me it would be useful to see the video of the actual crash. I would imagine this would be the case for anyone who races at high speed. I am always looking to learn how I might better protect myself and this is why I want to see the crash.
Not sure they have footage of the actual crash, but there was a video of the aftermath on youtube.

Still tragic.
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Originally Posted by Mauriceloridans View Post
I use a glasses mounted mirror and can't see this happening to me even at commuting speeds. Why don't racers wear them?
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Watched todays neutralised stage 4 of the Giro on British Eurosport with commentators David Harmon and cycling legend Sean Kelly. Kelly knew Woulter and described meeting him at the Tour of Qatar earlier this season and how good humoured he always was. He also mentioned how Woulter's good friend and fellow Belgian pro-cyclist Frederiek Nolf died in his sleep while participating in the same ToQ in 2009 and how it affected Woulter for months afterwards.

He also mentioned how he (Kelly) lost his own brother Joseph who was an amateur rider, killed by a car while out on a leisure cycle.
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Leopard-Trek has decided to leave the Giro
Team Captain Fabian Wegmann said, “We have a lot of respect for the Giro d’Italia and for cycling, but we simply cannot continue racing given the circumstances. We are professional athletes, but we feel this is the right thing to do.”

Today's finish...heartbreaking...
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