Author Topic: Wouter Weylandt  (Read 7612 times)

citoyen

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Wouter Weylandt
« on: May 09, 2011, 04:01:26 pm »
Only had half an eye on the live Giro coverage this afternoon so missed what happened, but it looks like Wouter Weylandts is in serious trouble after a big crash on a descent - not responding to CPR...

 :(

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Re: Wouter Weylandts
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2011, 04:05:39 pm »
From what I saw it looked very serious. The podium ceremony has been cancelled.
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

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Re: Wouter Weylandts
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 04:29:32 pm »
Rai and gazzetta now confirming our worst fears.

RIP
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 04:51:42 pm »
Sad news  :(

RIP Wouter Weylandt.
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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011, 04:52:04 pm »
Very very sad.
He seemed to be the only casualty on the descent about 30kms out.
#makewattsnotwar

clarion

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 04:54:22 pm »
That's very sad to hear.
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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2011, 05:02:38 pm »
It looked horrific, and when I heard they were still applying cardiac massage 15 minutes later I knew it wasn't looking good.

RIP Wouter. I'm sure tomorrow's stage will go on, but it will be meaningless, and very hard to watch.

Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 05:18:21 pm »
Very sad. He won this stage last year which makes it seem  worse somehow. He must've been full of hope when he set off this morning. RIP.

Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 05:36:28 pm »
RIP.
The journey is always more important than the destination

Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 05:51:45 pm »
$ky News says fractured skull.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2011, 07:24:49 pm »
Rest in peace Wouter.

Thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates.

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2011, 08:44:22 pm »
Rest in peace Wouter.

Thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates.


+1   :(
Old enough to know better!

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2011, 08:47:26 pm »
Was about to become a father as well !
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2011, 09:08:07 pm »
Rest in peace Wouter.

Thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates.


+1

I saw a video earlier of what looked like the first few moments after he fell, as his helmet straps were being cut. To be honest I wish I hadn't.


Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2011, 10:03:33 pm »

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2011, 10:44:34 pm »
It's going to be difficult to watch the rest of the Giro now, especially tomorrow. I keep thinking of Armstrong crossing the finish line, his fingers pointing upwards, in 1995.

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2011, 11:37:58 pm »
I remember the Motorola team crossing the finish line, en masse, when the day's stage was neutralised after Fabio was killed.
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2011, 09:13:33 am »
I don't think the race was officially neutralised, the riders themselves agreed not to contest it and let the Motorola team cross the line first. They donated all their prize money that day to a fund in Casartelli's honour (and the Tour matched it). I expect the peloton will make a similar decision today.

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2011, 10:46:38 am »
Indeed. I expect Tyler Farrar will 'win' today followed by Leopard Trek and then the rest of the peloton. A sombre day.

However, despite the sadness and the understandable maudlin views of 'why do we do this?' it is essential to remember that which cycling gives, and to not let it be overshadowed by what has been taken away. Remember the joy, the pleasure, the great times. Live life to the full, however long or short that life may be.

Remember and celebrate with sadness for what is no more, but with joy for what has been and will continue to be. And treasure the smiles, the laughter, the euphoria.
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2011, 10:52:08 am »

However, despite the sadness and the understandable maudlin views of 'why do we do this?' it is essential to remember that which cycling gives, and to not let it be overshadowed by what has been taken away. Remember the joy, the pleasure, the great times. Live life to the full, however long or short that life may be.

I like that, very much



RIP Wouter.

citoyen

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2011, 11:29:22 am »
However, despite the sadness and the understandable maudlin views of 'why do we do this?' it is essential to remember that which cycling gives, and to not let it be overshadowed by what has been taken away.

It's amazing that given the potential risks involved, there are so few fatalities in pro cycling. And testament to the incredible skill of the riders - watching someone like Cancellara descending a mountain is wonderfully, terrifyingly thrilling. Likewise watching a bunch sprint with Cav, Petacchi, Farrar et al going shoulder-to-shoulder at speeds in excess of 40mph.

Why do they do it? Because they love the sport. There can be no better reason.

d.

clarion

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2011, 11:39:47 am »
A wonderful epitaph for Weylandt, David.  I am sure that the last thing he would have wanted would be for people to forget that.
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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2011, 02:11:13 pm »
Rest in peace Wouter.

Thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates.


+1

I saw a video earlier of what looked like the first few moments after he fell, as his helmet straps were being cut. To be honest I wish I hadn't.



I was watching on Eurosport and only saw one close-up shot of WW. I was very glad the RAI TV director chose not to dwell on the scene. David Harmon, the commentator, was beside himself and almost lost for words and Sean Kelly was asking people to pray for WW.

RIP

Today, the riders have decided to make the stage a procession with LeopardTrek crossing the line together at the front.

That will be very moving to watch.
The journey is always more important than the destination

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2011, 03:28:03 pm »
Indeed HJ, just been watching it on and off for the last hour or so, nearly all the riders are wearing a black arm band or a black ribbon.

The mood in the peloton seems sombre and there are no breakaways, but the speed is still up around 40k/hr
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citoyen

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Re: Wouter Weylandt
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2011, 03:52:20 pm »
Got to feel for Tyler Farrar - I understand they were best mates. Apparently, Farrar is riding but will pull out after today's stage.

Of course, he probably has lots of close friends in the peloton and it's hard to imagine how they must all be feeling today.

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