It has been a dark Easter weekend for the sport of cycling, which has been left to mourn the death of not one but two professional riders in the space of two cruel days.
Almost 24 hours after it was announced that Antoine Demoitié had died of injuries sustained in a crash and motorbike collision at Gent-Wevelgem, news broke that Daan Myngheer, comatose and fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack at the Criterium International on Saturday, had passed away also.
As was the case with Demoitié, tributes for the 22-year-old flowed in from riders, teams, and friends across social media, with many expressing their sadness, paying their respects to the Belgian’s loved ones, and simply trying to come to terms with a devastating couple of days.
“We will never forget you, Daan. Rest in peace, champion,” read the message of Myngheer’s team, Roubaix Lille Métropole, on Twitter, accompanied by a black and white image of the rider.
Daan nous ne t’oublierons jamais ! Repose en paix Champion pic.twitter.com/lqv7AayKXj
— Team RLM (@TeamRLM) March 29, 2016
Elsewhere, numerous messages were posted by fellow riders.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) March 29, 2016
— SamBewley (@SamBewley) March 29, 2016
— Marcel Kittel (@marcelkittel) March 29, 2016
— Sebastian Langeveld (@sebaslangeveld) March 29, 2016
— Fabian cancellara (@f_cancellara) March 29, 2016
— Pieter Serry (@Pieter_Serry) March 29, 2016
— zico waeytens (@ZicoWaeytens) March 29, 2016
— Patrick Lefevere (@PatLefevere) March 29, 2016
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) March 29, 2016
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