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Young pro Daan Myngheer dies from heart attack suffered at Criterium International

Cycling in shock again as Belgian's team confirms he passed away in hospital on Corsica on Monday evening...

Daan Myngheer, the Roubaix Lille Metropole rider who suffered a heart attack on Saturday during the Criterium International, has died in hospital in Corsica.

The 22-year-old passed away on Monday evening, his team confirmed in a statement posted to its Facebook page.

The news comes just 24 hours after it had been confirmed that Wanty-Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié had succumbed to the injuries he sustained when he was run over by a motorbike after crashing at Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem.

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The loss of another young rider will be a further shock for the cycling community as a whole.

However, it will be most keenly felt in Belgium, where both were from, and across the French border in Lille, home to Myngheer’s team , and where Demoitié died in hospital on Sunday.

In its statement, the UCI Continental team said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you of Daan’s death.

“He lost his final race after having fought like a great champion.

“He died this Monday 28 March at 7.08pm in the presence of his parents, his sister Fleur and his partner Emely at the hospital in Ajaccio.

“In accordance with his wishes, Daan’s organs will be donated to help other people.”

The team added; “All our most sincere thoughts go to his parents, his sister Fleur, to Emely and to all his family.

“Rest in peace, champion.”

The former Veranda-Willems rider collapsed with 25 kilometres left of Saturday’s  road stage, then suffered a heart attack as he was being treated in an ambulance.

> Daan Myngheer suffers heart attack in Criterium International

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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