After an emotional day and a very touching ride in memory of Gino Mäder, it was decided in consultation with the family of Gino Mäder that the Tour de Suisse Men 2023 will continue. The 3rd Tour de Suisse Women will also go ahead. The 3rd Tour de Suisse Women will also go ahead.
Today’s memorial ride on the last 20 kilometers of stage 6 was very touching for the entire Tour de Suisse organization. “With this commemorative ride and the finish in Oberwil-Lieli, we were able to create a dignified setting in honor of Gino,” says Olivier Senn, director of the Tour de Suisse. Gino Mäder will be remembered by the cycling world as a happy and cosmopolitan human being. Having to say goodbye to him is not easy. Olivier Senn says: “Today was the worst day of my life. But tomorrow is a new day and that’s what we have to take care of as an organization”.
Continuation of the Tour de Suisse
After consultation with the teams and riders as well as the entire staff of the Tour de Suisse, it was decided by the management to continue the Tour de Suisse of the men. The 7th stage will be on Saturday, The 7th stage will be on Saturday, June 17, 2023 will be started in Tuebach as planned and be held as a race. The stage win will be decided on the finish line in Weinfelden. The time trial on Sunday, June 18, 2023 will also be held in race mode. Accordingly, there will be an overall winner and a final classification of the 2023 Tour de Suisse.
UPDATE 7th stage 17 June
- Race will happen as planned on normal course and with the normal schedule
- Time for GC will be taken at the 25km mark
- No bonus seconds will be awarded at the Tissot sprints and no bonus seconds will be awarded at the finish line
- All other classification will be raced as normal
In addition to the teams and riders, Gino Mäder’s family is also in favor of continuing the Tour de Suisse. “After consultation with all the people involved, we as the management stand united behind this decision and are trying to hold the last two stages of the men’s race in an appropriate setting,” says Tour Director Olivier Senn.
It is already certain that Team Bahrain Victorious will withdraw from the Tour de Suisse and will not compete tomorrow.
The start of the Tour de Suisse Women will also go ahead.
On Saturday, June 17, the 3rd edition of the Tour de Suisse Women will start in Weinfelden. The start of the first stage will take place as planned and will be conducted in race mode. “The women and all the teams deserve a Tour de Suisse Women. We are convinced that we can offer the women riders a professional and safe race,” explains Olivier Senn.
The management would like to thank all the division leaders, their entire staff, all partners and the other participants for their incredible support today.
Even if the focus is already back on the implementation of the coming days, the thoughts are with the family of Gino Mäder.