Daan Myngheer of Roubaix Lille Métropole was dropped by the peloton in the morning road race of the ASO event, before suffering a heart attack in an ambulance

Young Belgian rider Daan Myngheer was rushed to hospital during the opening road race of the 2016 Criterium International after suffering a heart attack.

The Roubaix Lille Métropole rider was reportedly dropped by the peloton at around 65km in to the morning road race of the ASO event, and was immediately attended to by medical staff on the route when it was clear something was wrong.

The 22-year-old then suffered a heart attack in the ambulance and was rushed to a local hospital before being taken by helicopter to specialist cardiac unit in Ajaccio, Corsica. Myngheer has since been in a coma having been resuscitated.

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ASO race director Christian Prudhomme confirmed the incident to AFP earlier on Saturday.

“His condition is stable,” Prudhomme said. “It is less worrying than this morning, but we have to be prudent.”

The race was won by Irishman Sam Bennett of Bora-Argon18, while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) took the honours in the 7km individual time trial in the afternoon, taking charge of the general classification with it.

Myngheer remains in intensive care in Ajaccio, with his teammate Louis Verhelst, who was also dropped in the race, telling Belgian television that his teammate had told him that “he was not feeling well,” prior to the incident.

Roubaix Lille Metropole sports director Michael Dernies told Het Nieuwsblad, “Daan had a heart attack. We do not know yet whether the attack came before or after his fall. In a serious condition he was transferred to the hospital in Ajaccio. Like our other riders, Daan passed medical tests last November. In addition, we have discovered nothing. “

Coach Kristof De Kegel said that, in addition to remaining in a coma, “there are problems with his kidneys and liver”.

  • Stevie

    99% certain that you must feel like a right see you next Tuesday after the news that he passed away this morning.

  • Liz Miller

    I hope this is what you are referring to Ian Hollway. Please take a few minutes to read it. and then go to the link and read that too. This was posted by promising, now ex Scottish Academy Cyclist, Ben Forsyth. He was very lucky, he was diagnosed.

    I know a lot of my friends have heard my news that I received a couple of weeks ago but I thought I would make a post so that everyone knows what my situation is.

    After really struggling for form on my bike the last couple of years in races whilst training as hard as I could, and then having breathing issues when going hard in recent months, I finally found out what the problem is, and sadly it is not a problem that I can overcome.

    After a recent MRI scan I had, I received the results a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with a type of heart disease called ‘Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy’.

    Sadly this means that I am never allowed to race my bike or do any other intense sport again in my life. This is obviously soul destroying for me as all I have ever wanted to be is a professional cyclist. Even when times have been tough over the last couple of years I have gritted my teeth and kept trying to improve and I always tried my hardest to believe that I would get back to doing well again.

    The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a struggle but I feel like I am getting better everyday. At first I thought my life was over, but now I am starting to look at the positives; I’m still alive. And also now I have a reason as to why I wasn’t progressing like I really should have been.

    Over the coming months I will be finding out more and more on what my limitations are, but it looks like I will be getting a pace maker and internal defibrillator fitted inside my chest.

    I know I will get through this and find new goals and continue to have fun and stay involved in the cycling world as much as I possibly can.

    I am very grateful to have so many supportive friends both in cycling, and outside of cycling, also an amazing girlfriend who has always been incredibly supporting, and my family who have stuck by me through the good times and the bad.

    For now it looks like the only cycling I will be doing will be mega easy flat cafe rides, and I’ll make sure I enjoy every single one of them.

    I felt like I needed to make this post so that people know that I never quit the sport I love, but sadly I have been forced to stop.

    One last thing is that I would urge anyone between 14 and 35 years old to go to http://www.c-r-y.org.uk and check for a screening near you. That’s what I did 2 years ago and this amazing charity may have saved my life by diagnosing an irregular heart beat at that time.

    Over and out.


  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Please show some respect Ian.

  • Tim Phillips

    Yes I’m 99% certain it’s an undiagnosed heart condition as is reasonably common unfortunately

  • Liz Miller

    Are you implying that this is the cause? It is very likely. Please read the link http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/im-just-happy-alive-scots-6488794#TSypqxV7evZyFsYk.97

  • The Awakening

    RE: “The 22-year-old then suffered a heart attack in the ambulance and was rushed to a local hospital before being taken by helicopter to specialist cardiac unit in Ajaccio, Corsica. Myngheer has since been in a coma having been resuscitated.”

    Let us all hope that Myngheer comes out of his coma, in good health and makes a full recovery.

  • The Awakening

    Ian Hollway,

    RE: “A high performance 22 year old athlete has a heart attack, surely the cause is 99% certain!”

    What are you implying Ian, with your 99% certainty?

  • John Westwell

    What a miserable, nasty thing to write about someone. You don’t know what the cause is, and until anything emerges to the contrary, you might be better keeping your opinions to yourself. Plenty of otherwise fit and healthy young men die from heart attacks every year, often caused by undiagnosed heart arrhythmia. I’d rather join the other people here in hoping that he makes a full recovery instead of indulging in grubby speculation.

  • Ian Hollway

    A high performance 22 year old athlete has a heart attack, surely the cause is 99% certain!

  • Weccy

    22 years old, young,fit & healthy. Thank God he was surrounded by medical staff. Fingers crossed for a full recovery

  • Liz Miller

    Sad news. My thoughts are with him and his family at this worrying time. Hoping he will pull through. Best wishes from a Team Sky fan.