‘Lessons must be learned from cy­clist death’

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The pres­i­dent of the Pro­fes­sional Cy­clists As­so­ci­a­tion, Gianni Bugno, has de­manded that lessons are learned from the death of Bel­gian cy­clist Antoine De­moitié. The 25-year-old rider was hit by a mo­tor­bike af­ter a fall dur­ing the Gent-Wevel­gem cy­cling clas­sic on Sun­day and yes­ter­day died of the in­juries he sus­tained. “About the ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent that caused the death of the rider Antoine De­moitié dur­ing the Gent- Wevel­gem race, the CPA and all the riders de­mand to shed im­me­di­ate light on the ac­ci­dent and the cir­cum­stances that have caused it,” said Bugno. “At this time of sad­ness and sor­row for the death of Antoine we do not want to make con­tro­versy, but we have so much frus­tra­tion inside. “We have al­ways stated that the safety of the riders must be in first place in the dis­cus­sions of the cy­cling stake­hold­ers and at the last CCP meet­ing we asked to com­mu­ni­cate the strate­gies to im­prove se­cu­rity dur­ing the races. “I do not want to ac­cuse any­one but I want to make ev­ery­one re­flect on the re­spon­si­bil­ity we have to en­sure that a very high level of at­ten­tion, aware­ness and con­trol over safety stan­dards dur­ing each race is main­tained.” A state­ment from De­moitié’s team, Wanty-Gobert, read: “Thanks for your over­whelm­ing sup­port. The team is touched by all the mes­sages. We will bounce back and #RideForAn­toine.”

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