A 22-year-old Belgian cyclist died on Friday following a fall in training earlier this week, the Lotto Dstny team said.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our driver Tijl De Decker,” the Belgian team said. “Today Tijl lost his battle to recover from the serious injuries he suffered after crashing in training last Wednesday.”
De Decker, winner of Paris-Roubaix in the Espoirs category this year, had been taken to hospital for surgery in the Belgian town of Lier after hitting a car. He was then transported to the University Hospital of Antwerp and placed in an artificial coma.
“Despite all the efforts of the hospital staff, Tijl couldn’t pull through and this morning he lost his battle,” his team said.
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De Decker had joined the development team of Lotto Dstny this year.
“We are devastated by the loss of our cyclist,” said team CEO Stéphane Heulot. “Tijl has shown great progress this year and we believed in his room for growth. Joining the pro team was a logical choice. Unfortunately, he will never turn pro and we will always remember him as a talented young rider and of a warm and friendly person. the bike.”
De Decker’s death came after Swiss cyclist Gino Mäder died in June after crashing and falling into a ravine during a Tour de Suisse downhill.