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by Mark Zalewski
March 9, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alaphilippe wins Paris-Nice time trial, takes over lead; BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener; Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’; Froome declines to support Brailsford; Three Sky riders break front wheels in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT, dashing GC plans; Sagan shows up at Tirreno-Adriatico with thumb wrapped; Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance; Gent-Wevelgem to honour Antoine Demoitié; Christian Prudhomme: ASO backs the MPCC; Video shows baggage handlers tossing bike cases from EasyJet plane; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 4 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 highlights; The Pioneer 2017 highlights.
Gent-Wevelgem will honour Antoine Demoitié at this year’s event. The Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider was killed last year during the Belgian one-day Classic when he was struck by a race moto.
Antoine Demoitiè passed away nearly a year ago. The new safety measures try to make things less dangerous within the pro peloton.
There will be a minute of silence before the start of the race and Demoitié’s bib number from last year, 192, will not be used. As well there will be a marker set at kilometre 192 to honour him.
That kilometre comes on one of the two unpaved road sections that have been added to this year’s race. The new route will also pass many war memorials honouring fallen soldiers.
Het Laatste Nieuws reports that Demoitié’s wife Astrid has donated 2,500 euros to a charity in his name that helps people who have had a lung transplant.
Demoitié’s death was one of the incidents that started the conversation about rider safety, particularly regarding vehicles within races.
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuews.