In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Sagan: Demoitié’s death is a tragic reminder that riders’ safety must be an absolute priority; Shock, sadness and calls for change: Cycling world reacts to death of Antoine Demoitié; Marcel Kittel calls for increased safety in professional cycling; Commentary: Gent-Wevelgem fatality a tragedy that has been a long time coming; Rouleur questions value of UCI’s driving course; Porte: I think that I showed my form is good; Kittel and Martin targeting stage wins in Driedaagse De Panne; Trolley incident causes Lampaert to miss the northern Classics; Photo gallery: with yet another win in Gent-Wevelgem, Boels-Dolmans continues winning streak; Cancellara says Gent-Wevelgem workout will help set him up for Flanders; Show us your scars – Tony Gallopin; Gent-Wevelgem 2016 winner Chantal Blaak interviewed; Sagan introduces his team-mates; Top 10 Incredible Cycling World Records!
Daily News Digest
Commenting after the tragic passing of Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié on Sunday, Peter Sagan said that the Belgian’s passing overshadowed the win he took in Gent-Wevelgem.
Sagan has been chasing a victory since taking the world road race title in Richmond last September. He finally had his breakthrough on Sunday, winning a four man sprint, but then heard what happened to Demoitié. The 25-year old crashed and a motorbike driving behind was unable to stop in time, hitting him. He passed away Sunday evening.
“Yesterday should have been one of my happiest days as professional rider: I scored my first victory wearing the UCI World Champion jersey at Gent-Wevelgem,” said Sagan via his Facebook page.
“However, my initial joy was short-lived when I heard about the incident that involved young Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié at the same race. Apparently, Antoine crashed and was then, reportedly, ran over by a following motorbike.
“The news of his death saddened me and I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife, family, friends and team. While we have to wait for the official investigation to clarify the exact circumstances of the incident, I think this is a tragic reminder to all involved in the sport of cycling that the safety of the riders must be their absolute priority.”
Today’s feature image is from Gent-Wevelgem and was taken by Kristof Ramon.