The Thin Edge of Danger
May 11, 2011 4:49 AM Subscribe
26 year old Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt crashed and died
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on a 60mph descent on stage three of this year's Giro D'Italia. The teams paid tribute
the following day.
Despite the arduous nature of the climbs and breakneck speeds of descent, deaths in cycling's three grand tours are mercifully rare but include Orfeo Ponsin (1952), Juan Manuel (1976) and Emilio Ravasio (1986) in the Giro and Fransisco Cepeda (1935) and 1992 Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli (1995) in the Tour de France. The list of deaths in other races
is long, if less remembered. During the 2003 Paris-Nice "race to the sun", Kazakhstan's Andrei Kivilev died after falling
and hitting his head on a straight section of road. His death prompted the UCI to mandate the use of hard helmets in all competitions, except for the last part of a race with an uphill finish. Subsequently, the rule was changed to require helmets at all times. Inevitably it will be observed that cyclists have died
and continue to die
from other causes too.