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former French runner Walter Bénéteau dies at 50

Former rider of the Vendée team of Jean-René Bernaudeau and participant in the Tour de France, Walter Bénéteau died at the age of 50. His body was reportedly found dead in Bali (Indonesia) in circumstances that are still unclear.

The general public had been able to see him at work on the roads of the Tour de France for seven years in a row, between 2000 and 2006. Walter Bénéteau, professional rider at the beginning of this century in the Vendée team of Jean-René Bernaudeau ( Hello, Brioches La Boulangère, Bouygues Telecom), died at the age of 50.

It is the UNCP, the National Union of Professional Cyclists, which announced its disappearance this Sunday. “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our friend and former champion Walter Bénéteau at the age of 50, writes the UNCP. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. »

Six Tours and two victories over the Boucles de l’Aulne

According to initial information, “Wawa” was found dead in a hotel room in Bali (Indonesia), without further details on the circumstances of death for the moment.

The rider born in Les Essarts, in addition to his adventures on the Grande Boucle, had won the Tour de Guadeloupe in 1996, the Tour du Finistère in 1997, and especially the Boucles de l’Aulne in 2000 and 2003 among the pros. He also finished second in the French road championship in 2001, behind Didier Rous.


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