Dutch cyclist Robert de Greef dies aged 27, three weeks after suffering heart attack

The rider fell ill during a race and medics performed CPR 'for hours' before he was placed in a medically induced coma

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Dutch cyclist Robbert de Greef has died three weeks after suffering a heart attack, his team have announced.

The 27-year-old was on the first cobblestone sector of the Omloop van de Braakman when he suffered a cardiac arrest, being given CPR "for hours" before being taken to hospital in Antwerp and placed in a medically induced coma for 48 hours. The rider then spent the next three weeks in critical condition before passing away on the night of Thursday April 25 after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

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