TRAGEDY has struck the cycling world for the second time in just two days as Daan Myngheer died on March 28 after suffering a heart attack during the Criterium International in Corsica.
He is the second Belgian to die after Antoine Demoitié was hit by a motorbike following a chaotic fall at the Gent-Wevelgem Classic on Easter Sunday.
Myngheer was aged just 22 and joined the prestigious Roubaix Lille Metropole team earlier this year.
A statement from the Belgian team read: “It is with great emotion that we announce the death of Daan Myngheer, the young Belgian rider who joined Roubaix Lille Metropole this year. Daan would have been 23 in a few days and he died doing what he loved most, cycling.”
British road racing champion and MBE Mark Cavendish tweeted “Such a terribly sad few days in the professional cycling world. Another tragic loss. RIP Daan Myngheer. My thoughts are with your loved ones”
Fellow British legend Chris Froome paid tribute to the 25-year-old Demoite but the rider’s case has come tainted with controversy.
President of the Professional Cyclists Association, Gianni Bugno, has questioned safety strategies and demanded a full investigation into how the accident occurred.