Tragically incident when cycling classic Gent-Wevelgem: The Belgian professional Antoine DEMOITIÉ crashed, then seized him an escort motorcycle. It was the second terrible incident within two days.
The Belgian cyclist Antoine DEMOITIÉ has died of his serious injuries he had suffered during the classic Gent-Wevelgem. The 25 year old from Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert died at night on Monday at a hospital in Lille / France. He was captured after a fall from a motorcycle escort.
“The driver died. We have initiated an investigation to clarify the exact circumstances,” confirmed Frederic Evrard, spokesman for the police department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The team had previously confirmed DEMOITIÉ was in a “serious” condition, his wife and family are with him.
DEMOITIÉ was approximately 150 kilometers of the 242.8 km long race came with four other drivers in Sainte-Marie-Cappel to case. According to the French sports newspaper “L’Equipe” reported eyewitnesses that DEMOITIÉ had not yet risen to the fall, when the motorcycle hit him.
The Team Wanty-Groupe announced an opinion for Monday. The homepage of the racing team was out of reach in the morning. The former Belgian champion Jens Debusschere was taken to hospital after a fall. As his team Lotto-Soudal confirmed the 26-year-old suffered a concussion.
Belgian cycling was overshadowed only on Saturday of a medical emergency. When Critérium International in Corsica, the 22-year-old Daan Myngheer suffered from Team Roubaix ML during the first half stage around Porto-Vecchio a heart attack and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Ajaccio. There he spent the Sunday. Myngheer had to be artificially ventilated and was not conscious. “His vitals are fine, but he is not yet awakened again,” quoted the AFP a teammate of the Belgian.