Bahrain-Victorious, the team of Swiss rider Gino Mäder, victim of a fall on Thursday and whose death was announced on Friday, has chosen not to take the start of 7e stage of the Tour de Suisse, Saturday 17 June. The organizers have announced that the event will continue until its end on Sunday, despite the tragedy that marked the 5e step and limited the 6e stage in a parade of runners over a few kilometers in homage to Mäder.
On Saturday, two other teams, after consulting their riders, decided to also withdraw from the Swiss Tour: the Swiss team Tudor and the Belgian Intermarché-Circus-Wanty.
For its part, the direction of the race clarified that its decision had been taken “in consultation with the family of Gino Mäder” et “after consulting the teams and the riders as well as all the staff of the Tour de Suisse”.
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the 7e stage between Tübach and Weinfelden will therefore take place this Saturday and the winner will be the first rider to cross the line, but, specify the organizers, “the timing for the general classification will take place 18.8 kilometers before the finish”, i.e. just after the last ascent of the day. The riders who do not play for the stage victory will therefore not be obliged to take unconsidered risks in the descent which precedes the finish.
Finally, the eighth and final stage will take place on Sunday from St. Gallen to Abtwil in the form of a time trial.
The organizers also indicated that the women’s Tour de Suisse would be maintained and would start, as planned, on Saturday June 17.