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

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

Antoine Demoitie

(Image credit: By Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick / Leuven - Grote Prijs Jef Scherens, 23 augustus 2015 (B094) / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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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Richard Windsor

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