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Belgian press reports that 27-year-old professional came off his bike while riding in Antwerp

IAM Cycling rider Kristof Goddaert has been killed after being run over by a bus at lunchtime today following a fall from his bike in Antwerp.

According to the Gazet Van Antwerpen, the 27-year-old Belgian died at the scene of the incident on Antwerp's Straatsburgdok, despite the efforts of emergency services personnel to try and save him.

The newspaper says that Goddaert lost control of his bike at around 2.10pm, adding that old train tracks may have been a factor, and that the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him.

A professional since 2007, Goddaert joined the Swiss professional continental outfit IAM Cycling last year following three seasons at AG2R-La Mondiale.

He was runner-up to Tom Boonen in the Belgian national road race championship in 2012 and other results include a top ten finish in Gent-Wevelgem in 2011, third place in Paris-Brussels in 2009, and a stage win in the Tour de Wallonie in 2010.

Last week, he rode in the Tour of Qatar. During the 2009 edition of that race, his room mate and Topsport Vlaanderen colleague Fred Nolf died in his sleep. Goddaert was one of the pallbearers at his funeral.

In a statement, IAM Cycling general manager Michel Thétaz said: "We first think of his family and loved ones to whom we offer our sincere condolences and assure of our support in this terrible ordeal.

"At IAM Cycling, we lost Kristof Goddaert, and exemplary professional rider and a quality man. He signed in December 2012 with a great desire to meet with a new challenge with us.

"His good mood every day, enthusiasm and willingness to engage fully in his endeavors were very much appreciated qualities.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Paul_C [462 posts] 2 years ago
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bummer...  2

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP.  2

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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That's awful, a real shock.

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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Be careful out there people.

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GREGJONES [280 posts] 2 years ago
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Make me nervous to think that even a professional in a country considered safe for cyclist can still result in this, better have a word with the kids about road safety tomorrow.

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movingtarget [144 posts] 2 years ago
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So sad. Stay safe guys.  2

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mikroos [257 posts] 2 years ago
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Such terrible news. One never knows how and when...

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mo55y [2 posts] 2 years ago
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R.I.P such a shame

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Paul J [884 posts] 2 years ago
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Wow, Kristof's 2009 team-mate, Frederiek Nolf, had also died - but in his sleep. Kristof was one of the pall-bearers at his funeral.

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rich22222 [164 posts] 2 years ago
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not sure how "Safe for cyclists" Belgium is considered, sad anyhow.

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JDebuse [5 posts] 2 years ago
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How tragic. RIP fella.

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Colin Peyresourde [1723 posts] 2 years ago
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Very sad. I feel for his family.

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cidermart [489 posts] 2 years ago
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I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

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denzzz28 [29 posts] 2 years ago
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The bus is too close then... RIP Kristof Goddaert.........

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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You know things are in a "bad way" when a seemingly supposed cycling website is seemingly reporting them as driverless.

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newbie roadie [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Such sad news. Rest in peace.

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Deac [163 posts] 2 years ago
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A talented young rider thoughts go out to his poor family.

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Goldfever4 [221 posts] 2 years ago
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If the bus can't stop it is too close. Rest in peace Kristoff...

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mtm_01 [196 posts] 2 years ago
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Unfortunate place to come off by the sounds of it, shows how potentially vunerable we all are even without kamikaze drivers.

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KiwiMike [1199 posts] 2 years ago
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"the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him"

...meaning the driver of the bus travelling too close behind to be able to stop in time should the unexpected occur, couldn't be bothered to hang back *just a few seconds* to allow for the unexpected to occur.

If he was a fixed object in the road like a broken-down car or person who had collapsed, the bus driver would have been held responsible for not stopping in time. Hopefully the driver will likewise be found at fault for tailgating or not passing with enough space.

Not that that will bring this guy back from the dead, but it might send a message to other drivers and save lives in future.

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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Wasn't there, and thus consider speculation inappropriate, and a little distasteful.

It's been a rough week for cycling, what with that South African track rider Jeanne Nell also dying.

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Chris James [388 posts] 2 years ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

"the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him"

...meaning the driver of the bus travelling too close behind to be able to stop in time should the unexpected occur, couldn't be bothered to hang back *just a few seconds* to allow for the unexpected to occur.

If he was a fixed object in the road like a broken-down car or person who had collapsed, the bus driver would have been held responsible for not stopping in time. Hopefully the driver will likewise be found at fault for tailgating or not passing with enough space.
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Your view seems very simplistic, basically that no road user can ever approach within braking distance of another in case something 'unexpected' occurs.

Would a cyclist only be allowed to cycle at walking pace in case a pdestrian 'unexpectedly' decides to cross the road in front of them for example?

I don't think we know enough about the incident to apportion blame. I am sure the whole thing has been terriblefor both Kristof's family and also for the bus driver.

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KiwiMike [1199 posts] 2 years ago
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Chris James wrote:
KiwiMike wrote:

"the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him"

...meaning the driver of the bus travelling too close behind to be able to stop in time should the unexpected occur, couldn't be bothered to hang back *just a few seconds* to allow for the unexpected to occur

Your view seems very simplistic, basically that no road user can ever approach within braking distance of another in case something 'unexpected' occurs.

Would a cyclist only be allowed to cycle at walking pace in case a pdestrian 'unexpectedly' decides to cross the road in front of them for example?

Yes. If you are going to pass another person so close that you could not react in time to them stopping or changing course, then yes. You should slow T-F down. Particularly when there is a significant mass/momentum differential and the consequence of any error on either part is highly likely to be death or serious harm. This is as relevant for a jogger running past a toddler or a cyclist passing a pedestrian as it is for a bus driver passing a cyclist.

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pmanc [203 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP indeed.

This just serves to illustrate that we can bicker about blame and recklessness and so on, but sometimes unpredictable things just happen.

Mechanicals. Hitting a drain lid at a bad angle in the wet. Driver has a heart attack. And so on.

And if, in those cases, your infrastructure forces small fragile (but nimble) road users to be in close proximity with large heavy fast road users, inevitably the consequences will sometimes be tragic. And no "behave yourself and be nice to each other" campaigns will make a blind bit of difference.

There are so many potholes in Manchester at the moment, often covered by water, and I'm sure the vast majority of drivers aren't thinking about what would happen if a cyclist took a sideways tumble...

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Steezysix [21 posts] 2 years ago
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Maybe he filtered down the inside of the bus and nipped in front like many riders do on a daily basis? Could explain why he then fell, if he didn't have a good view of the road in front? Not saying this is the case, but there's not enough info here to simply assume the bus had a terrible driver... Very sad in any case.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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So sad to lose another wonderful talent from the peloton, rest in peace dude  2 x

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Ush [687 posts] 2 years ago
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Chris James wrote:
KiwiMike wrote:

"the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him"

...meaning the driver of the bus travelling too close behind to be able to stop in time should the unexpected occur, couldn't be bothered to hang back *just a few seconds* to allow for the unexpected to occur.

If he was a fixed object in the road like a broken-down car or person who had collapsed, the bus driver would have been held responsible for not stopping in time. Hopefully the driver will likewise be found at fault for tailgating or not passing with enough space.
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Your view seems very simplistic, basically that no road user can ever approach within braking distance of another in case something 'unexpected' occurs.

You are joking right?

The vehicle codes for most countries explicitly include the concept of braking distance and promote the idea of safe following distances based on it... even if some of those are supposedly out of date. The following link apparently shows that some drivers believe their cars will stop in a shorter distance than is recommended: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=95692

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mrmo [2073 posts] 2 years ago
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Ush wrote:

The vehicle codes for most countries explicitly include the concept of braking distance and promote the idea of safe following distances based on it... even if some of those are supposedly out of date. The following link apparently shows that some drivers believe their cars will stop in a shorter distance than is recommended: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=95692

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/argos-lorry-driver-who-killed-w...

about sums up the legal view of cyclists in the UK.

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Chris James [388 posts] 2 years ago
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Ush wrote:
Chris James wrote:
KiwiMike wrote:

"the driver of the bus travelling behind was unable to avoid him"

...meaning the driver of the bus travelling too close behind to be able to stop in time should the unexpected occur, couldn't be bothered to hang back *just a few seconds* to allow for the unexpected to occur.

If he was a fixed object in the road like a broken-down car or person who had collapsed, the bus driver would have been held responsible for not stopping in time. Hopefully the driver will likewise be found at fault for tailgating or not passing with enough space.
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Your view seems very simplistic, basically that no road user can ever approach within braking distance of another in case something 'unexpected' occurs.

You are joking right?

The vehicle codes for most countries explicitly include the concept of braking distance and promote the idea of safe following distances based on it... even if some of those are supposedly out of date. The following link apparently shows that some drivers believe their cars will stop in a shorter distance than is recommended: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=95692

No, I am not joking. All my club runs involve riding within stopping distance of the rider in front. If I choose to run across the main road outside my work I doubt even a law abiding 40mph driver would be able to stop before running me over.

It simply isn't possible to simply state that anyone running anyone else over is too close and should take more care. What about the example quoted above where a cyclist undertakes a vehicle and then hits a pothole. That could result in the driver running someone over with absolutely no hope of them being able to avoid it.

Yes, tailgating people is a very bad idea and very dangerous, butI don't think we should jump to conclusions in this case by adopting a view that a driver must ALWAYS bbe at fault by definition.

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tuber [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Such a young life lost. Very sad.
Many times we (do), often see vehicle drivers carefully following a cyclist (s), waiting for the opportunity to overtake safely but without realising the danger of following so closely.
All would certainly be horrified (including the impatient), if they were to cause injury to the cyclist.
It's baffling why the authorities - especially on the don't

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