Belgian cycling plunged into mourning after second death

Belgian cycling was plunged into mourning for the second time in two days when the Roubaix Lille Metropole team announced that rider Daan Myngheer had died in hospital in Corsica on Monday after suffering a heart attack.

Daan Myngheer
Daan Myngheer

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.

"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.

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