As a tribute to Weylandt, network will re-air the Belgian's First Grand Tour Victory at Last Year's Giro d'Italia
Los Angeles, CA - Universal Sports presents a special report on Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt, who tragically died today after a horrific crash on a difficult descent late in Stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET in place of the network's originally scheduled replay of today's stage 3. In tribute of Weylandt, the network will air a "Special Stage 3 Report" about today's events as a lead-in to the re-air of Weylandt's first-ever Grand Tour win at last year's Giro d'Italia. Weylandt, a member of the Leopard-Trek team, was the first rider killed in a crash in one of cycling's three main tours since Italian Fabio Casartelli died during the 1995 Tour de France. Wouter Weylandt was 26-years-old.
The "Special Stage 3 Report" is hosted by Universal Sports anchor Steve Schlanger and cycling expert Todd Gogulski. The show will provide viewers insight on what this tragedy means for the remaining stages of the 2011 Giro d'Italia and reactions from major cyclists via twitter, including Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish. The coverage will also feature a video chat with Velonews Europen Correspondent Andrew Hood, and his interview with Garmin-Cervelo Team Director Bingen Fernandez, one of the first people on the scene.
Gogulski on what Weylandt's death means to the cycling community: "It's a very tight community and they may be battling amongst each other day-in and day-out, but a loss like this is felt deeply by everybody. I called so many different riders and mangers after this news and nobody even knew what to say. They are so saddened and so sickened. It's just tragic to lose a man like this."
The tribute will also include a re-air of Weylandt's third stage victory of the Giro on May 12, 2010. Weylandt, a member of team Quick Step at the time, was known for his sprinting capabilities and showed them in a sprint to the finish against Australian Graeme Brown.
The Weylandt tribute will also be available on www.universalsports.com/cycling, along with news, highlights, analysis and on-demand video of the entire 2011 Giro d'Italia cycling race.