Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt (pic left) was fatally injured yesterday during the third day of the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s annual cycling race. The 26 year old suffering fatal head injuries after crashing 20 metres to the road below while descending the Bocco mountain pass 25km from the finish line in Rapallo, near Genoa. Fellow cyclists were shocked to hear the news as they made it to the finish line. The official announcement was given by RAI TV commentators, and confirmed shortly afterwards by Weylandt’s Leopard-Trek team.
The race’s emergency services arrived quickly on the scene of the accident, although paramedics were unable to resuscitate Weylandt who died without regaining consciousness.
The Giro d’Italia (Italy’s equivalent of the Tour de France) continues along the west coast today from Genoa to Livorno in Tuscany.