Tuesday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia began with a minute of silence to honour Wouter Weylandt, who died during Monday’s race.
American cyclist Tyler Farrar was Weylandt’s best friend, and will not be finishing the race.
Tuesday’s ride is non-competitive and will not count towards the final result. There will be no music or festivities along the route, as well as no presentation ceremony. Weylandt’s Leopard Trek team mates will cross the finish line ahead of the other riders but have also decided to pull out of the rest of the competition.
The Belgian cyclist was killed on Monday when he fell off his bike during the descent of the Passo del Bocco. According to an eyewitness report, Weylandt struck a guardrail and a wall, before falling off his bike and landing headfirst. Attempts to resuscitate him at the scene were unsuccessful.