On May 9, 2011, a major accident occurred in the world of cycling. Wouter Weylandt tragically died during the Giro d'Italia. Such news shocked many and everyone was surprised by the tragic death. Weylandt’s window An-Sophie is left alone with her daughter and says she has decided to change some things in life "We will eat pastries on Sunday morning.
Alizée does not have to experience anything from the ninth of May I think. That is not a difficult day for her," An-Sophie bravely told Het Nieuwsblad in an emotional interview. "After her birth it was full of Wouter here in the house.
Photos and stuff. Then it was really hard, and I made the click. I had to get on with my life, it hurt me too much to keep seeing everything. "I redesigned everything. I stopped visiting him at the cemetery because I was always crying.
I lived completely around those visits, before and after work." "I don't have to do this to myself, I thought. I still pass the cemetery every day for my work, but I can no longer find it in my heart to stop there.
So I have not yet been to Wouter's grave with Alizée. We will not go back until she wants to. An-Sophie did not want to pass on her trauma to her daughter and tried not to let her daughter feel sad "My intention was precisely to make sure that she remained that happy child.
That I didn't bring up my daughter sadly, or pass the trauma on to her. And that works. She never felt what we felt, did she. But she knows who he is." "One day she came home and asked: Was my daddy well known? At school they say he was a bike racer and was on TV a lot.
Then I explained that her daddy fell while abroad with a bicycle in a race and so died. She knows quite a bit, but asks few questions."
Elke on his death
Weylandt’s sister Elke, went on with her life after his death but his death greatly influenced her to mature faster "The realization that he hasn't been around for 10 years makes it seem like an eternity, but it doesn't feel like that at all.
I still feel very close to my brother," Elke told Sporza. "We have to go on without him and I can be angry about that, but with whom? "There is no medicine for dizzyingly great sorrow. And even if it existed, I would not want to take it.
I do not like to be sad, on the contrary. But mourning for someone also shows how great the love was or is." "I myself have also aged 10 years. His death has changed me dramatically and has also changed my life. It has enriched my life and made it poorer, at the same time."
"It has made my personality more layered and I can put it into perspective. That is something positive that I can get out of it. But I don't have my brother anymore. My life would be richer with my brother still next to me."