Fabio Casartelli Death – Obituary : 1995 Tour De France Death – What Happened?
Fabio Casartelli, born on August 16th, 1970 – died 18 July, 1995) in a fatal crash during the 15th stage of the 1995 Tour de France. He was an Italian cyclist and an Olympic gold medalist.
Casartelli died in one of the worst accidents in the 92-year history of the Tour de France. He was a father of one. His son was just 4-month old when Casartelli passed away in a fatal road race accident.
Fabio Casartelli was only few weeks away from his 26th birthday when he had a fatal accident that claimed his life. He was a 1992 Olympic road race champion from Como. A city at the southern tip of Lake Como in northern Italy. Known for the Gothic Como Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway and a waterfront promenade.
Before his death, Casartelli had missed a lot of competitions due to his knee surgery. On Tuesday, July 18, 1995,the shock waves of his death went through the international cycling community. He had crashed into a concrete pylon at high speed.
Casartelli’s death was the third in the race’s history, and the accident is expected to rally support for a controversial helmet rule. Headgear probably wouldn’t have saved Casartelli, 24, who rode for the American Motorola team. He was traveling about 55 m.p.h. when he missed a turn along the steep, narrow road down the Col de Portet d’Aspet in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France.
Several other riders also failed to negotiate the steep curve and two were injured.
“It was a fairly fast descent,” French rider Francois Simon, who was behind Casartelli, told the Associated Press. “At a certain point, there was a longer curve than the others. Casartelli couldn’t make the turn. I think it was his back wheel that hit the side, and he flew in the air.”
Unconscious, Casartelli was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Tarbes, where he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. Physicians said Casartelli had three cardiac arrests during the trip.
- Born 16 August 1970
- Como, Italy
- Died 18 July 1995 (aged 24)
- Col de Portet d’Aspet, France
- Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
- Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
- Team information
- Parents Rosa Casartelli, Sergio Casartelli
Olympic medals Cycling at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men’s Individual road race
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- Road cycling
- Role Rider
- 1993 Ariostea
- 1994 ZG Mobili
- 1995 Motorola