Belgium’s Antoine Demoitie has died in hospital after being hit by a motorbike following a fall during the Gent-Wevelgem classic.
“The rider died.
“An inquiry is under way to determine the circumstances,” Frederic Evrard, spokesman for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional gendarmerie in France, told Agence France Presse.
Team Wanty-Gobert had said on Twitter late on Sunday that their rider was in a very serious condition.
Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer saw themselves fighting for their live after a black weekend for Belgium.
Antoine Demoitie was initially declared to be in an “extremely serious condition” after a crash involving a motorcycle during the Gent-Wevelgem race.
The Belgian rider was taken to hospital in Lille, northern France, after an incident in which AFP reports the rider fell and was subsequently run over by a race motorbike.
The 25-year-old Wanty-Gobert rider was taken to the University Hospital of Lille after the accident during a section of the race in Northern France.
He finally lost the battle for life in the hospital in the company of family members.
In a separate incident another Belgian cyclist, Daan Myngheer, suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.
The 22-year-old was taken to hospital in Ajaccio where he was put into an induced coma.
Race director Christian Prudhomme said on Saturday evening: “His condition is stable, it is less worrying than this morning, but we have to be prudent.”
Meanwhile, tributes from the world of cycling and beyond have begun pouring in after the tragic death of the Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie.
Demoitie, who was involved in a collision with a motorbike after a fall during the Gent-Wevelgem classic and was taken to the University Hospital of Lille sadly passed away.
His team led the tributes.
Some members of the sporting event, both organisers and participants, have called for the cancellation or postponement of the event in honour of the dead youngster.