Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié dies in hospital after Ghent-Wevelgem crash

Rider reportedly hit by motorbike while competing at his home race on Sunday

Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert Antoine Demoitié has died in hospital after suffering a crash at the 2016 Ghent-Wevelgem.

The Belgian pro continental team confirmed that their home rider was in the ICU of a university hospital in Lille, France and described his condition as ‘extremely serious’ earlier on Sunday evening, but police confirmed his death late on Sunday night.

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“The rider died. An inquiry is under way to determine the circumstances,” said Frederic Evrard, a spokesman for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional police.

Details of the crash are currently scarce, but reports suggest that he crashed and was subsequently run over by a motorcycle.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert have not yet issued a full statement, but have confirmed the news via Twitter. Demoitié’s family were by his side at the hospital where he was being treated.

The incident took place at Sainte-Marie-Cappel (Nord), in the French area of Flanders, and the rider was transported to the hospital in Lille.

Demoitié was 25-year-old joined the Belgian side last year from Wallonie-Bruxelles and had recently completed the E3 Harelbeke on Friday.

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World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took the victory in the 2016 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem.