Funeral of young rider

The funeral of Frederick Nolf, the 21 year old Belgian rider who died in his sleep at the Tour of Qatar, took place in Kuurne on Saturday.

Among the estimated 500-plus mourners were the entire Topsport Vlaanderen squad, former Belgian champion Stijn Devolder, Patrick Sercu and former Belgian premier Yves Leterme.

Racing was suspended for the day as a mark of respect following the discovery of Nolf?s body by room-mate Kristof Goddaert last Thursday.

A talented rider on the cobbles, Nolf was 6th in the 2007 espoirs Paris-Roubaix.