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And the gold medal for partying goes to... Gijs van Hoecke

Belgian cyclist sent home from Olympics for excessive boozing

Gijs van Hoecke has been sent home from the Olympics in disgrace after pictures surfaced of him looking like a sozzled mess after a night out in Central London.

The Belgian track cyclist was sent home by his national Olympic committee after the pictures showed him outside the nightclub Mahiki, also frequented by members of the Royal Family, with embarrassing wet patches on his trousers, being helped to walk by two friends, including his team-mate Jonathan Dufrasne.

The club had put on an Olympic night and invited a number of athletes who were plied with free booze.

Presumably van Hoecke's training schedule doesn't allow him to build up much alcohol tolerance

Belgian officials said in a statement that the pictures were "deplorable", and "this incident fortunately did not affect life in the Olympic Village and athletes trying to rest ahead of their competition"

The Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws quoted the regretful 20-year-old, who came 15th in the omnium.

He said: "I made a big mistake

"I'm happy my parents didn't tell me off. They understand that I needed this."



After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

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