Dimitri De Fauw the Belgian six day track specialist is reported to have commited suicide. The 28-year old rider had suffered from depression following an accident at the Six Days of Ghent in 2006 when a collision involving himself and the Spanish rider Isaac Galvez resulted in the Spaniard's death.
De Fauw was a gifted track specialist who won a number of Belgian track titles and as recently as this Wednesday he finished 7th in the Six Days of Grenoble with the Dane Marc Hester. De Fauw also had a career on the road, wearing the Quick-Step jersey from 2003-05. In 2006, he joined Chocolats Jacques.
Former colleagues and rivals mourned his passing on Twitter. Australian Michael Rogers of Columbia-HTC said "Sorry to hear about Dimitri De Fauw. I rode a year with him in Quickstep. RIP Dimitri", while Bradley Wiggins tweeted, "RIP Dimitri De Fauw, Top Fella! so sad."
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