Final Tour Of Austria Stage Cancelled After Rider Death

The final stage of the Tour of Austria “will not be contested” after the tragic death of Norwegian rider Andre Drege, race organisers announced yesterday.

The day’s race has been replaced by a condolence ride at the wish of Drege’s family and team, Coop-Repsol.

“Together with the sporting directors and riders of the teams, we have decided not to ride today’s stage and instead to hold a neutralised condolence ride in memory of Andre Drege,” said tour director Thomas Pupp in a statement on social media.

“The memorial ride was the express wish of Andre’s father, his teammates and his entire team. It gives the entire cycling family the opportunity to come to terms with what happened and to honour Andre Drege’s memory.

“Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with Andre’s family, his loved ones and his team Coop-Repsol at this incredibly difficult time.”

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