20-year-old Belgian rider dies during first post-coronavirus race

Niels de Vriendt is said to have suffered heart failure during the practice race

A 20-year-old Belgian rider has died after falling during a practice race.

Niels de Vriendt, who rode for VDM-Trawobo, was racing in Wortegem-Petegem on Saturday July 4, located in East Flanders, when he reportedly suffered heart failure.

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