18 year old junior world champion Igor Decraene found dead in apparent suicide

Belgian's teammates pay tribute to up and coming star of cycling world as details emerge of his death

by Sarah Barth   August 31, 2014  


The up and coming world junior cycling champion Igor Decraene has been found dead this weekend in an apparent suicide at the age of 18.

The Belgian, who won the world junior individual time-trial title in Florence last year, was in line to move to a reserve position in the World Tour outfit Omega Pharma before his death in Zulte, northern Belgium, according to the Belga news agency.

The Belgian Federation president Tom Van Damme added: "It's difficult to comment on this terrible news, it will take time."

The Belgian cycling federation said in a statement:  "The junior world time-trial champion, aged 18, was taking part in a week of training with the national team this week ahead of the world road-race championships in Ponferrada," the federation said in a statement.

The young star’s team, Tieltse Rennersclub told Het Laatste Nieus: "Igor couldn't wait to defend his title at the World Championships. He was hoping to land another great result at the worlds. Unfortunately that won't be the case.

The team put a message on its Facebook page saying: "It is with great pain that we announce to you the death of Igor Decraene who has been the victim of a terrible accident."

In its statement the Belgian Federation simply described Decraene's death as sudden but offered no further detail as to the circumstances. Some news agencies have reported that it was suicide but as yet no details of the incident to corroborate that have been released. More often than not news agency reports in to such incidents are accurate. 

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Decraeane's parents dispute it was suicide.


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posted by Him Up North [241 posts]
31st August 2014 - 20:29


Isn't there the equivalent of a Coroner's report/inquest even in Belgium? Maybe he did something that went tragically wrong? Seems strange that a young rider who had done so well would kill himself …….. doesn't make sense.


posted by Airzound [996 posts]
31st August 2014 - 20:40


I guess this is still quite new. The truth will out in the coming days.

EDIT: tweets tonight say the prosecutor is saying Decraeane was hit by a train at a level crossing.

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posted by Him Up North [241 posts]
31st August 2014 - 21:07



In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
31st August 2014 - 21:13


Such sad news, RIP Igor.

With the greatest of respect, I'm not sure how it is 'apparent' that he committed suicide. The only apparent thing is that the family are saying he *didn't* commit suicide. Might be best to change the headline to 'unknown' until further details are released rather than to speculate.

posted by velobetty [67 posts]
1st September 2014 - 11:16