Team remembers loving, great guy
Thomas Casarotto has passed away from serious head injuries sustained in a crash
during the Giro del Friuli Venezia Giuli.
The 20-year-oldâ€™s parents decided to turn Casarottoâ€™s life support off after four days in intensive care
and donate the youngsterâ€™s organs to other patients in need.
Casarotto crashed into a car while descending the Sella Ciampigotto during the event.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Udine where he spent four days in intensive care with a cranial hematoma.
â€œThis is a great loss which leaves us dismayed and speechless,â€ said Mauro Flora.
â€œIn this difficult moment I want to witness the closeness of the team to the Casarotto family
affected by such tremendous grief.
I ask everyone to support the mother, father and sister of Thomas in such a difficult moment.â€
Generali team manager Roberto Zoccarato described Casarotto as one of Italian cyclingâ€™s best hopes
when announcing the riderâ€™s passing. â€œThomas was a really great guy,â€ said Zoccarato.
â€œHe could be loving to all and had qualities of true promise.â€
Generali withdrew its squad from the race following Casarottoâ€™s accident.
Cyclingnews would like to offer its sincere condolences to Casarottoâ€™s family, friends and teammates
Sincere condolences to Casarottoâ€™s family, friends and teammates.
A very sad loss.