Lino Gastaldello, 71 year old owner and chairman of Wilier-Trestina, was struck by a motorist around 10:30am while riding in Treviso, Italy.
Italian website ilgiornaledivicenza.it reports that he received emergency medical treatment at the scene before being transported to the hospital in Castelfranco Veneto where he died two hours later.
Gastaldello, shown at center celebrating the 20th anniversary of their ownership of the company in December 2009, is credited with rebuilding the company from apparent doom following World War II.Ã‚Â Over the years, many of his family members have joined the company.
Wilier has issued this statement: “We will remember him as an indefatigable and passionate figure in the bicycle industry and a staunch supporter of amateur and professional cycling. He is survived by his wife, his children Enrico, Michele, Andrea and Valeria, as well as five grandchildren.”
Wilier’s unmistakable bicycles have been under pro team Lampre-Farmese-Vini for years, and the team has expressed their deep sadness over his passing.Ã‚Â The news of the death of Lino Gastaldello, owner of the Wilier company, has shocked the team Lampre-Farnese Vini,” their statement said.
“In this sad moment, all the cyclists, managers, staff and our patron, Galbusera, would like to say farewell and thanks to Lino, a good friend of the fucsia-blue squad who lived with the team through fantastic moments. A hug to the Gastaldello family and to Wilier company workers.”
Our hearts go out to the entire Wilier family.