We start with the tragic news of the death of Antoine Demoitié. The 25-year-old Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider was involved in a crash with four other riders with roughly 115km left to race and reports indicate that Demoitié was then struck by a race motorbike. He was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.
“Antoine Demoitié passed away last night after a terrible accident in Gent-Wevelgem,” the team said in a press release on Monday morning. “The entire team is in disbelief, shock, angry and sad because of the loss of Antoine. Our thoughts go out to his wife, family and friends.”
Cyclingnews would like to express their sincere condolences to Demoitié’s family, friends, loved ones and teammates.
In the race, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) claimed his first win the season, out-sprinting Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo), Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) after the group formed on the final ascent of the Kemmelberg. Etixx-QuickStep led the chase but they were unable to eat into break’s advantage and Sagan was finally able to win in the rainbow jersey.
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