10/05/11 - 11:00
Genoa - Livorno
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Giro d'Italia • Stage4
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Genoa - Livorno

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17:15 

Amid terribly sad scenes, we bring an end to today's live coverage of the Wouter Weylandt tribute stage. Many thanks for following and stay safe.

17:10 

While Farrar is all but certain to leave the race tonight, it remains to be seen if Leopard Trek will continue in this year's Giro. The eight riders are currently in an emotional huddle alongside team manager Brian Nygaard.

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There are many teary eyes out there, and most of the Leopard Trek riders plus Tyler Farrar can be seen wiping their eyes. They are not the only one, as the camera pans over the peloton to show many others also welling up. A fine tribute this has been.

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Arm in arm, hand in hand, these nine riders cross the line. And one live internet commentator has a tear in his eye.

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The eight Leopard Trek riders and Tyler Farrar ride in a line under the one-to-go banner to a standing ovation in Livorno.

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Say what you like about the doping and the controversies and the spats, but cycling is a special sport and one never ceases to amaze me. This is really lovely and incredibly sad.

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Such a nice touch to have Farrar complete the Leopard Trek team line up there.

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Tyler Farrar looks close to tears as he joins the Leopard Trek riders, taking the place of his best friend in the team line up.

4km 

The Leopard Trek riders are approaching the front and are beginning to fan out in a line across the width of the road.

5km 

It has to be said that David Harmon and Sean Kelly in the Eurosport commentary box have done a tremendous job holding the coverage together with their sensitive, kind, poignant and informed words and opinions. Well done to you both.

10km 

The Garmin-Cervelo team of pink jersey David Millar and Wouter Weylandt's best friend Tyler Farrar are on the front. That's a nice touch.

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The riders of Androni Giocattoli lead the peloton over the summit of the climb at Castellaccio.

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NEWSFLASH: The state pathologist carrying out Wouter Weylandt's autopsy has announced that the Belgian rider died instantly from his fall and would have felt no pain. It's a small consolation on a very sad day indeed.

18km 

HTC lead the peloton up the steep climb to Montenero. This short but demanding test has a maximum gradient of 18% and is reminiscent of the fabled Poggio climb. It would no doubt have been a key part of today's stage under happier circumstances.

20km 

It was a short stint for RadioShack on the front. Now it's the turn of HTC-Highroad.

25km 

RadioShack hit the front of the peloton. They will be the penultimate team before Leopard Trek take the lead and bring this tribute ride to a fitting conclusion.

30km 

Pink jersey David Millar is deep in conversation with HTC-Highroad's Frantisek Rabon as Rabobank take over from Movistar on the front of the peloton. Earlier today, Millar rode out ahead in front of the peloton to pay tribute to Wouter Weylandt as the race leader.

40km 

It's Movistar's turn now, with Rabobank and then RadioShack forming behind. Eurosport commentator and former Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt has just tweeted: "Finding it hard to watch the Giro today! Makes me think how lucky i have been SO many times. Feeling for Wouters family."

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CRASH: As Liquigas lead the peloton under the 50-to-go banner, a handful of riders hit the deck at the back of the bunch. They include Quick Step's Francesco Reda and Katusha's Eduard Vorganov, who already suffered a nasty spill in the second stage of the race.

60km 

Liquigas are coming to the front now in what is proving to be a highly dignified procession. On the back, Quick Step's Dario Cataldo appears to have a puncture.

65km 

A reminder that you can listen to LIVE commentary from David Harmon and Sean Kelly (this is Eurosport International not British International):

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The Lampre team of red jersey and stage two winner Alessandro Petacchi are leading the peloton now. Meanwhile, Rabobank rider Dennis Ven Winden drops back to talk to his team car.

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The turn out from the public today is superb - and a fitting tribute to the late Wouter Weylandt. It seems that Italian people are bend on paying their respects to the Belgian rider, emphasized by the frequent signs and messages along the side of the road. The Saxo Bank team of Alberto Contador are riding on the front now.

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While Team Sky front the peloton, Wouter Weylandt's former team, Quick Step, are tucked in right behind. The Belgian rode for Quick Step for seven years and had only recently joined Leopard Trek. Yes, here they are, Quick Step have taken the baton from Sky and are leading the tribute ride. Given Weylandt's time at Patrick Lefevere's team, I would imagine that they will be allowed to follow Leopard Trek's lead at the finish today.

110km 

Understandably, the average speed today is much lower than usual: 34km/h. Vacansoleil are still on the front as the peloton passes a huge pink jersey on the size of the road, adorned with the message "Dedicated to Weylandt". A nice touch. Team Sky may well be the next up on the front because they have formed a unit tucked in just behind Vacansoleil. Meanwhile, race leader David Millar drinks a coca cola. A dreadful situation for him to take the pink yesterday.

120km 

Vancansoleil are currently on the front of the peloton. Besides those already mentioned, the teams of AG2R, Androni Giocattoli, BMC, Geox and Katusha have already ridden on the front.

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At the start, pink jersey David Millar confirmed that one of his team-mates will not ride on tomorrow: "We have Wouter's best friend in our team, Tyler Farrar, and he will be going home tonight. It's just too much, too sad."

135km 

TV images are showing the race's sign-in book from this morning. Before any of the riders had signed, there was one simple entry alongside No.108: R.I.P.

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Coverage of stage four's tributes and the fallout from Wouter Weylandt's tragic death are LIVE NOW on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin Media 521) and is also available on your PC via the Eurosport Player:

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An interesting tweet doing the rounds from @irishpeloton - Apart from Philippe Gilbert, Wouter Weylandt was the only active Belgian to have won a stage in both the Giro and the Vuelta.

150km 

Astana lead the tributes on the front of the peloton as they start the third category climb of Passo del Bacco. Needless to say, the remaining 206 riders in the peloton will take the descent very slowly.

160km 

Following Euskaltel and Farnese Vini, the teams of Acqua & Sapone and Colnago-Csf Inox have put on 10km stints on the front of the peloton to pay their respects.

165km 

Tredici continued: "The ambulance arrived about one and a half minutes after the accident and we continued the re-animation process on the road because it was so serious we needed to intervene immediately."

170km 

For those who want a few blanks filled in, here is a statement from the race doctor Giovanni Tredici: "Unfortunately the situation was already desperate right from the moment we arrived. I think I arrived 20 or 30 seconds after, not more, it was the time needed to let the other cyclists pass. The situation was really serious without any possibility of re-animation and that why is we didn't move the fallen cyclist."

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Quite understandably, our cycling blogger Blazin' Saddles took time out from his usual light-hearted glance at the world of pro riding yesterday. Instead, he set up a Wouter Weylandt tribute page, which you are invited to check out and contribute on here:

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It's being reported that Leopard Trek will cross the line in unison today. The eight riders will wear black armbands and will donate all the prize money to Weylandt's family. Both Weylandt's parents are in Italy, as well as his sister and pregnant partner Anne Sophie. The rider's father is later today going to visit the site of his son's fatal fall yesterday, on the Passo Bocco.

185km 

The former Leopard Trek team-mates of Wouter Weylandt rode out in a line in front of the peloton as it left Genoa today. Since then, both Euskaltel and Farnese Vini have put in turns on the front. Teams are putting in 10km shifts on the front.

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Andy Schleck also joined his brother Frank in paying tribute to their late team-mate at Leopard Trek. The Tour de France runner up earlier tweeted: "There are no words to can describe our feeling we lost a good friend and a great teammate all our condolences goes to his family and friends. We are all shocked, a day of sad tears in sharing the terrible loss of Wouter. Rest in Peace my Friend our Friend."

190km 

Britain's David Millar, who moved into the race lead yesterday after finishing second on the stage behind Spain's Angel Vicioso, believes Farrar will not continue the race after today's neutralised stage.

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Farrar added: "I can only convey my deepest of sympathies to everyone who cared about him as deeply as I did, especially his family, his friends, his team and his fans – we celebrate his life and morn his death in equal measure. Wouter was and is the soul of this sport we all love. I will remember him always, and will always strive to do him proud, as he has always done for the sport and people he loves."

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One of Weylandt's best friends in the peloton was the American Tyler Farrar, who made a touching tribute to the Belgian rider last night, claiming he was "another brother to me". Farrar said: "Wouter was one of the kindest, funniest, and most admirable people I have ever had the opportunity to know and his death is a tragedy to his family, his friends, and to the sport as a whole."

205km 

Yesterdam, Giro d'Italia General Manager Angelo Zomegnan announced: ""We will turn off the music tomorrow afternoon. The podium celebration is cancelled and the tone will be solemn, just as it was today during the final 10 kilometres of this ill-fated stage. We will leave the racers from Leopard and everyone else the freedom to interpret tomorrow's stage as they see fit. We will respect any decision they make."

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Weylandt's team-mate Frank Schleck, who is not racing the Giro, no doubt watched that tribute live on television. Moments ago, Schleck tweeted: "Not only we lost a teammate but a friend. Speechless. Sadness. Tears. All condolence to his family. We'll never forget you Wouter."

215km 

The peloton gathered at the start of today's stage and paid their respects to Wouter Weylandt with a minute's silence, the eight remaining Leopard Trek riders in a line on the front. Many of the peloton were seen attaching black pieces of material to their arms of their jerseys with safety pins.

216km 

Headline of today's Gazzetta dello Sport, the official paper of the race: "The Giro Cries". The paper's website also carries a video of Wouter Weylandt's partner Anne Sophie leaving the team hotel with flowers. Yesterday it was reported that she is due to give birth in September.

216km 

After a tribute to Weylandt at the start today, teams will take turns on the front of the peloton before - in all likelihood - the Belgian's Leopard Trek team-mates will cross the line together in Livorno.

11:00 

For those of you still in the dark, Belgian rider Weylandt was killed after a crash on Monday. The 26-year-old Leopard Trek sprinter crashed heavily on the descent of the third-category Passo del Bocco climb, 25km from the finish in Rapallo. Race director Angelo Zomegnan has confirmed that the 216km stage from Genova to Livorno will be neutralised.

10:55 

Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage four of the Giro d'Italia. With the world of cycling in a complete state of shock, a neutralised stage is expected as riders pay their respect to the late Wouter Weylandt, tragically killed in yesterday's stage.