Cyclist Daan Myngheer, aged 22, has passed away in hospital after he suffered a heart attack during the first stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.
He is the second cyclist from Belgium to die in as many days after cyclistAntoine Demoitie was hit by a motorbike during Gent-Wevelgem race.
Myngheer, who turned pro last year, was in an induced coma. In a statement, his team told that he lost his last race after fighting like a champ.
Myngheer suffered the attack when he was in an ambulance, before he was being transferred by helicopter to a nearest hospital, where he was kept on stilted respiration and then he fell into a coma. According to his team, his organs have been donated.
Hearing the incident, UK cyclist Mark Cavendish tweeted: “Such a terribly sad few days in the professional cycling world. Another tragic loss.”
“RIP Daan Myngheer. My thoughts are with your loved ones.”
Team Sky said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Daan Myngheer. So sad to lose another member of the cycling family.”
ASO, the Tour de France organizers, who also control the Criterium International, told on Twitter: “Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and team-mates of Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer.”
Brian Cookson, the UCI president also took to social media and said: “My thoughts are with the family, friends and teammates of Daan Myngheer.”
Recently, 25 year old Demoitie, who was driving for the Wanty-Gobert squad, was lost his life when he was hit by a bike.