Belgian cyclist dies of heart-attack during Criterium International opener

Yet another cyclist passed away within the space of one week after 22 year-old Daan Myngheer was pronounced dead in a hospital located in Ajaccio.

The Belgian cyclist suffered a heart-attack during the opening stage of the three-day Criterium International in Corsica last Saturday, before being pronounced dead on the 28th of March, just one day after Antoine Demoitié’s fatal crash.

A statement from his team, Roubaix Lille Metropole read: “It is with great emotion that we announce the death of Daan Myngheer, the young Belgian rider who joined Roubaix Lille Metropole this year. Daan would have been 23 in a few days and he died doing what he loved most, cycling.

“He lost his last race after struggling as a great champion. He died this Monday, March 28, in the presence of his parents, his sister Fleur Emely and her companion in the hospital of Ajaccio. All our thoughts, sincere will to parents, his sister as well as to the whole family.”

Professional British cyclist, Mark Cavendish expressed his condolences in a tweet: “Such a terribly sad few days in the professional cycling world. Another tragic loss. RIP Daan Myngheer. My thoughts are with your loved ones.”

RIP Daan Myngheer

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