The Swiss rider from the Bahraïn-Victorious Gino Mader team suffered a heavy fall on Thursday during the 5th stage of the Tour of Switzerland and had to be hospitalized, his team announced on Twitter. The accident took place at km 197, in the descent towards the finish of the stage in La Punt, explained the organizers of the Tour in a separate press release, specifying that another rider, the American Magnus Sheffield, had dropped in the same place.
“The runner went off the road and fell into a ditchwhere he was quickly attended to by a medical team, Bahrain-Victorious said. Gino Mader, found “inert in water“, been “immediately resuscitated and then airlifted to Chur hospital“, added the organization of the Tour de Suisse, specifying that”the severity of his injuries had not yet been established“.
Sheffield, for his part, “was awareand was taken to hospital with “bruises and concussion“, indicated the organizers, stressing that the “circumstances of the accident will be clarified“. The Swiss climber, 26 years old and winner of a stage of the Tour of Italy in 2021, was 27th in the general clification after the 4th stage.