Gino Mäder was born in Flawil, Switzerland on January 4, 1997. He died in Chur, Switzerland on June 16, 2023.
Gino Mäder was born into a family of cyclists and named after Gino Bartali. Mäder showed his promise in the sport at a young age, winning the Swiss junior time trial title in 2015 and stages at the Tour du Pays Vaud the same hear. After taking a stage win at the Tour de l'Avenir and fourth in the under-23 road race at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, Mäder made it to the WorldTour with Team Dimension Data.
He struggled on and off the bike in his first two seasons with the African team but was inspired by the team's ethos of supporting charitable causes, later donating €1 for every rider he finished ahead of during the Vuelta a España to the re-greening charity Just Diggit. Finishing in the top 50 for nearly the entire Grand Tour, his donation topped €2,000 by the end.
After moving to Bahrain Victorious in 2021, Mäder's talent began to truly shine, and he showed a prowess for stage racing, taking 10th in Paris-Nice before moving onto the Giro d'Italia and winning stage 6 from the breakaway. An injury knocked him out of the Giro, but he returned for the Tour de Suisse and won the final stage. Later in 2021, he competed in the Vuelta a España and showed his Grand Tour promise by finishing fifth after a consistent ride while supporting podium finisher Jack Haig. Mäder ended as the best young rider.
In 2022, Mäder struggled with injury and illness, abandoning Paris-Nice. He finished second overall in the Tour de Romandie but was knocked out of participation in the Tour de France due to COVID-19 and never quite returned to his previous level during the Vuelta.
Determined to rekindle his success, Mäder went into 2023 with high hopes, finishing fifth in Paris-Nice but missed the Giro d'Italia because of COVID. Mäder crashed during stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse and tragically did not survive his injuries. Organisers of the Tour de Suisse neutralised the opening section of stage 6 in memory of Gino Mäder, and his Bahrain team withdrew from competition. Later in the summer, the Tour de France paid tribute to Mäder by removing race number 61 and his teammates then wore numbers from 62 to 69.
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