Antoine Demoitié: Pro Cyclist Dies in Hospital After Being Hit by Motorbike at Gent-Wevelgem Race

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
March 28, 2016 11:18 am Last Updated: March 29, 2016 7:49 am

Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitié died after being struck by a motorbike following a fall during the Gent-Wevelgem race on March 27. French police announced his death several hours after being taken to a hospital in Lille, France. He was 25 years old.

Frederic Evrard, a spokesman for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais police, said, “The rider died. An inquiry is under way to determine the circumstances.”

Demoitie, a member of the Wandy Gobert team, was one of a number of cyclists involved in a crash roughly 90 miles into the race, where the race route had run briefly through France. Multiple media have reported that Demoitie was hit by a motorcycle while on the ground after a fall.

Demoitie’s team confirmed that his family was with him at the hospital when he passed and that his subsequent organ donation helped save the lives of three others.

Fellow cyclists have expressed their condolences.

Meanwhile, others took the opportunity to call for change so that tragedies like this don’t happen again. Some have said that there are too many motor vehicles in the race.