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Published: 12:55 | 28/3/16

Belgian cyclist dies after race collision

Antoine Demoitie hit by motorbike after fall

Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie has died after he was hit by a motorbike in Sunday's stage of the Genk-Wevelgem classic.

The 25-year-old was involved in an accident with a motorbike and several other competitors and he was airlifted to hospital before being placed in intensive care.

However, his Wanty-Gobert team announced on Monday morning that Demoitie had sadly succumbed to his injuries.

The team's official Twitter page showed a photograph of him with the words "Antoine Demoitie (1990-2016)" on it and said a detailed statement would be released later on Monday.

While tributes to Demoitie flooded in from around the world of cycling, the president of the Professional Cyclists Association, Gianni Bugno, called for lessons to be learned from the tragic accident.

"About the terrible accident that caused the death of the rider Antoine Demoitie 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 as well as on any of the responsible involved parties," he said.

"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 specifically 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."

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