Gino Mäder was a highly skilled Swiss road and track cyclist who made a significant impact on the world of professional cycling. His tragic passing during the 2023 Tour de Suisse left a void in the cycling community and brought an early end to a promising career
Early Life and Education
Gino Mäder was born in Flawil, located in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, on January 4, 1997. Raised in Wiedlichbach, he came from a family with a strong cycling tradition. Both his parents were avid cyclists, and he was baptized with the name “Gino” in honor of the legendary Italian cyclist Gino Bartali. Mäder’s early sporting endeavors included football, which he started playing at the tender age of five.
Before making the transition to professional road cycling, Mäder displayed his talent in track cycling. He participated in the 2016 UEC European Track Championships, competing in the team pursuit event. His early successes on the road included winning stages in races like the Tour de l’Avenir, Tour Alsace, and Ronde de l’Isard in France in 2018.
One of his notable achievements was finishing fourth in the U-23 race at the 2018 UCI World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. His compatriot Marc Hirschi secured victory in the race, with Mäder emphasizing that Hirschi’s success was a result of the collective effort of their team. Mäder had strong bonds with several fellow cyclists, having cycled alongside some of them since their U-15 days and even longer with Patrick Müller, whom he had known since they were about ten years old.
In 2019, Gino Mäder transitioned to the professional ranks by joining the UCI WorldTeam Team Dimension Data. His remarkable performances soon caught the attention of cycling enthusiasts worldwide. In October 2020, he featured in the startlist for the prestigious 2020 Vuelta a España, where he achieved a commendable second place in one of the stages, finishing just behind David Gaudu. Overall, he secured the 20th position in the final standings.
In early 2021, Mäder made a significant move to Bahrain Victorious, where he continued to impress. His memorable moment came during stage 7 of the 2021 Paris-Nice when he was part of a breakaway and came agonizingly close to victory. However, in the final 50 meters, he was overtaken by Primož Roglič, earning him the combativity award for the day.
Mäder’s involvement in the 2021 Giro d’Italia as an assistant to Mikel Landa saw him win a stage dedicated to his injured teammate. Unfortunately, he had to abandon the race due to an injury to his left arm.
Accident and Tragic Passing
Tragedy struck the cycling world during stage 5 of the 2023 Tour de Suisse on June 15, 2023. Gino Mäder suffered a severe fall while descending from the Albula Pass, the highest point of the stage, just moments after American cyclist Magnus Sheffield had fallen in the same area. Mäder was found unconscious and submerged in water, requiring immediate medical attention. Despite extensive resuscitation efforts and evacuation by a Rega helicopter to a hospital in Chur, Switzerland, he died on June 16, 2023, at the young age of 26.
Was Gino Mader’s Girlfriend Pregnant?
There is no information about Gino Mader having a girlfriend or being married before passing away. Although he keeps his personal life private, he might be dating before passing away.