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Norwegian pro Andre Drege dies on descent of the Grossglockner in Tour of Austria

Andre Drege (Coop-Repsol) was fatally injured on the descent of the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain, on the fourth stage of the Tour of Austria 

Norwegian pro Andre Drege dies on descent of the Grossglockner in Tour of Austria

Norwegian rider Andre Drege has died following a crash at the Tour of Austria, race organisers have confirmed.

At 3,798m, the Grossglockner is the highest peak in Austria.

The 25-year-old, who was racing for the Coop-Repsol team, suffered fatal injuries in a fall during a mountain descent in Saturday’s fourth stage.

A statement from the organisers read: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of Andre Drege. On Saturday July 6, following a very serious crash during the descent of the Grossglockner at stage 4 of the Tour of Austria, Andre crashed and sustained severe injuries.

“Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with Andre’s family and loved ones and his team Coop-Repsol during this incredibly difficult time.”

Drege had won seven races in 2024 and was tipped to move up to WorldTour level next year. A statement from Coop-Repsol read: “We are devastated by the tragic passing of Andre Drege.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Andre’s family has requested privacy as they mourn their loss and we kindly ask that their wishes are respected.”

The podium ceremony was cancelled following the incident but it was not immediately clear whether the final stage of the race on Sunday would take place or not.

Tributes were paid by a number of other professional teams. A post from Lidl-Trek read: “Heartbreaking news from Tour of Austria today. We are sending all our love and strength to the friends, family and Team Coop-Repsol team-mates of Andre Drege.”

EF Pro Cycling wrote: “A loss felt in the entire cycling community. Our thoughts are with the friends, family and team-mates of Andre Drege. Rest in peace, Andre.”

VIDEO: Grossglockner Descent