Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie dies after crashing during race


Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie has died after an accident in Sunday’s stage of the Genk-Wevelgem classic, his team have announced.

The Wanty-Gobert rider was reportedly involved in a collision with a motorbike and several other competitors in northern France before being taken to hospital.

The 25-year-old was placed in an intensive care unit in a Lille hospital but Wanty-Gobert confirmed his death early on Monday morning.

The team’s official Twitter page showed a photograph of the cyclist with the words “Antoine Demoitie (1990-2016)”.

Mark Cavendish, on his official Twitter account, said: “Such tragic news. RIP Antoine Demoitie. My thoughts and condolences are with your family, friends and teammates.”

The 243km, one-day race was won by Peter Sagan of Slovakia while Briton Lizzie Armitstead finished 17th in the women’s race which was won by her Boels Dolmans team-mate Chantal Blaak.


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