Tragically on May 9, Wouter Weylandt passed away after a crash on the 3rd stage of the Giro d’Italia.
“The lost of Wouter last week was personally for me a big shock because first of all he was a good friend of mine and since this year, he was also my teammate. There are no words to describe the feelings that were going through me, my brother, my team but then we have to think that left behind was his family, the team with him at the Tour. The day after, we showed everybody, the Giro showed respect and everybody was there and it was really nice to see.” said a subdued Andy Schleck, his friend and teammate on LEOPARD-TREK earlier today.
In memory of Wouter, black personalized wristbands will be worn by the riders. “Everybody is going to have them, over here first and then also in Europe, all the professional riders are going to have them.”
The Amgen Tour of California will also remember Wouter Weyland at the start of the first stage in South Lake Tahoe.
“Besides the bracelet that Andy mentioned that all the teams and riders will be wearing as well, the organization of the race, from AEG, Amgen and Medalist, there will be a moment of silence before the start of the race on Sunday and we’re going to ask the LEOPARD-Trek to start the race for us and to lead us out.” said Andrew Messick, president AEG Sports.
Schleck and his team are ready to race in memory of their friend. “It was kind of hard for me to stay focused on training these last days but I’m sure that he would like that I just stay and race and do my best. I talk for the whole team, we are here and we ride for Wouter.”