The death of the Swiss rider was on everyone’s mind in Bilbao. His Bahrain Victorious team and the spectators of Bilbao paid him a vibrant tribute.
At 6:35 p.m., the Bahrain Victorious team opened, in the rain, the presentation ceremony of the teams of the Tour de France which will start from Bilbao this Saturday. After a short course, in front of the crowd med next to the Guggenheim museum, the runners, wearing Basque berets, are lined up on a huge platform.
Mikel Landa, his teammates and the many observed a poignant minute of silence in memory of Gino Mader, the Swiss rider who died on June 16 on the Tour de Suisse after a terrible fall. The first highlight of the Tour de France. “It’s been tough for everyone, I haven’t seen a rider take risks on a downhill since“, a few hours before the presentation of the teams, summed up the Briton Thomas Pid (Ineos).
“We know all the risks of this sport, but when we see them so closely, we begin to wonder a little what we are doing with our lives. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little afraid to go back to the mountains“, for his part, explained the American Quinn Simmons (Lidl-Trek).
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