Belgian amateur Niels De Vriendt dies during first post-COVID-19 race in Belgium

Belgian bicycle owner Niels De Vriendt has died at the age of 20. The newbie, who rode for the VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT workforce, was having part in a observe race forward of the season restart when he collapsed.

De Vriendt was racing Wortegem-Petegem at the time, and rapidly received clinical consideration after slipping sick, which includes 40 minutes of resuscitation efforts, but handed away. The induce of De Vriendt’s loss of life has been attributed to coronary heart failure, in accordance to his workforce.

The race was the first one particular to get place in Belgium due to the fact the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the cycling time throughout Europe and was organised by the mom of Alpecin-Fenix rider Tim Merlier.

Joining the Belgian winner on the start line ended up Sep Vanmarcke (EF Professional Biking) and the Alpecin-Fenix duo of Otto Vergaerde and Jonas Rickaert. The race, which was 13km from the end, was cancelled.

De Vriendt’s staff posted a tribute information to Facebook on Saturday afternoon.

“VDM-Trawobo Biking Team is in deep mourning and has been hit tough by the death of our promising rider Niels De Vriendt,” read the information.

“Through the 1st race in Wortegem-Petegem, he experienced a lethal coronary heart failure. The crisis solutions did all the things they could to help save Niels.

“The total VDM relatives wishes energy to the affected relatives, riders and numerous mates of Niels. Relaxation in peace Niels. We will pass up you.”

Cyclingnews extends its condolence to the close friends, household and teammates of Niels De Vriendt.

Update: Wortegem-Petegem mayor Luc Vander Meeren has spoken to Belgian television community VTM (by using Wielerflits) this afternoon, announcing that there are no suspicious conditions around De Vriendt’s loss of life, and that there would be no autopsy except if his mother and father ask for a person.

“I have heard from neighborhood riders that De Vriendt just fell with no call with a rider or 3rd party,” he explained. “I’m worried we will by no means locate the actual cause. However for his parents, it will remain a mystery.”

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