Wouter Weylandt – 27.09.1984 – 09.05.2011
Winner – Stage 3 Giro d’Italia 2010
Died – Stage 2 Giro d’Italia 2011
The fourth rider to die during the long history of the Giro, Weylandt crashed heavily descending the Passo del Bocco whilst riding for the Leopard-Trek team, dying instantly. The following day’s stage was neutralised in his honour and the race number he was wearing that day – 108 – has since been permanently retired as a mark of respect.
A hugely popular rider, who had ridden with Quick-Step prior to his move to Leopard, Weylandt’s absence is still keenly felt within the peloton. His daughter Alizee was born 4 months after his death.