Daan Myngheer dies from heart attack suffered at Criterium International

Roubaix Lille Metropole's Daan Myhgheer, 22, dies after suffering a heart attack at the Criterium International on Saturday

Daan Myngheer (Photo: Roubaix Lille Metropole/ Jean-Marc Hecquet)

Roubaix Lille Metropole cyclist Daan Myngheer has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack on stage one of the Criterium International in Corsica on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Belgian is the second young rider from his country to pass away at a race this weekend, following the death of Wanty - Groupe Gobert rider Antoine Demoitie at Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Myngheer reportedly lost contact with the peloton in the final stages of Saturday's 90km sprint stage before suffering a heart attack in an ambulance that was taking him to Ajaccio. He was placed on life support and then into an induced coma, but he died on Monday evening.

In a statement on Facebook, his Roubaix Lille Metropole team said: "It is with great emotion, that we will make you part of the death of Daan. He lost his last race after having fought like a grand champion.

"He died on Monday 28 March at 19.08 in the presence of his parents, his sister Fleur and his partner Emely at Ajaccio Hospital.

"Daan going to donate his organs to help other people, it was his will. All our thoughts, the most sincere will to parents, to Fleur, his sister, to Emely as well as to the whole family.

"Rest in peace champion."

Myngheer was in his first year with Roubaix Lille Metropole, having turned professional with Verandas Willems CT in 2015.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.