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A 26-year-old Swiss cyclist has died after falling down a ravine during the Tour de Suisse.

His team, Bahrain-Victorious said Gino Mader crashed and fell down the ravine during the race’s mountainous fifth stage into the tow of La Punt.

When the race’s medical staff got to Mader, they found him motionless in the water. Before being airlifted to the nearest hospital, the medical staff performed CPR. He died in hospital.

A spokesperson for the team said it’s a very difficult time for the team.

“Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Gino’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”

Mader’s death was announced 30 minutes before the sixth stage of the race was scheduled to start. To give riders the chance to deal with the news and pay tribute to Mader, the race was delayed.

The eight-day race is known for its very steep descent in the mountainous area of Switzerland. The race is popular among professional cyclists and it’s used as preparation for the Tour de France.

Al Jazeera reports that Mader was asked by a reporter on Sunday at the race finish what would make him happy at the end of the week-long race.

“If I’m still healthy and I enjoy my home race, maybe have some success with the team,” Mader had said.

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