Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Ulissi soloes to victory on stage four, Dumoulin recaptures Maglia Rosa; Pendleton denies Sutton’s claims of support towards her; Team Sky supporting Sergio Henao with anti-doping case; 21 year-old Dutch rider dies after heart attacks; FDJ boss defends Démare amid Milan-San Remo cheating accusations; Geniez fined for Giro dust-up, abandons after second crash; the conflict of starting Grand Tours afar; Garmin shifts to sponsor multiple cycling teams; video: The ultimate show of teamwork; video: Anatomy of a sprint stage

21-year-old Dutch rider dies after heart attacks

by CyclingTips

21-year-old pro Gijs Verdick of the Jo Piels team has died following the two heart attacks he suffered on the eve of a race in Poland last week.

The night before the race he suffered a heart attack and was transported to hospital where he had a second heart attack. He was induced into a coma but the lack of oxygen to the brain caused too much damage.

“We are extremely touched by this loss and very sad for the whole team; it is unreal what’s happening,” the team said in a statement.

“Gijs was a fine boy  and we will miss him tremendously. Our sympathy goes out to the family, we wish you a lot of power and strength during the processing of this loss.”

The family stated that his organs will be donated to save other lives. CyclingTips extends its sympathies.

Click through to read more at Wieler Update.