The Belgian cycling community has been plunged into mourning after a second death involving rider Daan Myngheer.
The Roubaix Lille Metropole team announced that rider Daan Myngheer had died in hospital in Corsica on Monday after suffering a heart attack.
The 22-year-old abandoned with 25km to go of the first stage of the race after falling ill and suffered a heart attack while en route to hospital in Ajaccio.
Myngheer, who turned professional in 2015, was put in an induced coma but passed away late on Monday night, his team announced in a Facebook post.
The Roubaix Lille Metropole Team Cycliste on Monday, March 28, 2016, posted:
“It is with great emotion that we announce the death of Daan.
“He lost his last race after struggling as a great champion,” read the statement.
“All our thoughts, sincere will to his parents, his sister Fleur Emely as well as to the whole family.
“Rest in Peace Champion.”
Myngheer’s passing comes just a day after Antoine Demoitie died after being hit by a motorbike following a fall during the Gent-Wevelgem Classic.
Antoine Demoitie had 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, had said.
Team Wanty-Gobert had said earlier on Sunday that their rider was in a very serious condition.
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.
Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer saw themselves fighting for their live after a black weekend for Belgium.