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by Mark Zalewski
November 30, 2016
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Organisers of Ghent-Wevelgem announced that bib number 192 will be retired in memory of Antoine Demoitié, the Belgian rider who was tragically killed in the 2016 edition of the race.
Demoitié died from injuries he sustained when a race motorcycle ran over him after he crashed. It was determined the moto was following too close and has contributed to the ongoing reforms of vehicles in races.
In addition to retiring the number Demoitié was wearing, there will also be an intermediate spring at 192km, with the winner given a trophy and a prize, and the prize money donated to a charity chosen by the late rider’s family.
The Giro d’Italia also retired a number in honour of Wouter Weylandt who died after crashing on a descent in 2011.
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