Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies, aged 47

Cycling world pays tribute to Belgian former pro Serge Baguet, know as 'The Roofer', who died of cancer on Thursday

Serge Baguet wins stage 17 of the 2001 Tour de France.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Belgian Serge Baguet survived a career in professional cycling – with a break to roof houses and a return to triumph in the Tour de France – but died due to colon cancer on Thursday (February 9).

The 47-year-old discovered the problem in October 2014 when he urgently attended hospital while on holiday in Spain. He broke the news after surgery.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.