Antoine Demoitié's team shell-shocked but defiant on cycling's day of tragedy

"If we race again, we want to get victory for Antoine," says Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Roy Jans after 25-year-old Demoitié dies during Ghent-Wevelgem

Antoine Demoitié of Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Kramon)

(Image credit: kramon)

In a press conference heavy with emotion yet steely in its defiance, Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert today shared its darkest day with the media.

At their hotel on Belgium's blustery coast, the team were clearly struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of Antoine Demoitié. Having pulled out of their forthcoming races, the managers and riders explained that they would return to competition only when they felt ready — and when they could give 100 per cent for their fallen team member.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.