Belgian cyclist passes away after heart attack

AFP-JIJI

Belgian cyclist Daan Myngheer died on Monday two days after suffering a heart attack during the Criterium International race in Corsica, his team said.

Myngheer, 22, passed away at 7:08 p.m. in a hospital in d’Ajaccio, on the island’s west, surrounded by his family and his partner Emely, Roubaix Metropole Lille said in a statement.

“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of Daan’s death,” the team said in a post on its Facebook page. “He lost his last race after fighting like a champion.”

His death comes after another Belgian cyclist, 25-year-old Antoine Demoitie, was killed by a motorcycle that ran into him after he fell during the Gent-Wevelgem race on Sunday.

Myngheer, who would have turned 23 on April 13, pulled up in difficulty some 30 km (20 miles) from the line in the first stage of the race at Porto-Vecchio on Saturday.

He suffered a heart attack while in an ambulance, before being transferred by helicopter to hospital where he was put on artificial respiration and fell into a coma.

Myngheer, Belgian junior champion in 2011, turned professional last year with the Verandas Willems team before joining third-division Roubaix Metropole Lille this season.

“Rest in peace champion,” the team said.