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Cycling world pays tribute to Antoine Demoitié

Wanty-Gobert rider's team mate says his death has helped save three lives through organ donation...

The cycling world has been paying tribute to 25-year-old Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié, who died in hospital in Lille yesterday evening following a crash at Gent-Wevelgem earlier in the day.

> Antoine Demoitié dies after Gent-Wevelgem crash 

The Wanty-Gobert rider, taking part in just his second WorldTour race – his first was Friday’s E3 Harelbeke, where he was in the break – was run over by a race motorbike following a crash.

His wife and family were with him at the hospital in Lille he had been taken to, and his friend and team mate Gaetan Bille tweeted this morning to say that thanks to organ donation, Demoitié’s death would help save three other lives.

Others to pay tribute included another team mate, British rider Mark McNally who raced yesterday, as well as a number of professional teams and riders. Here is a selection.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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