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by Shane Stokes

November 7, 2017

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Talented Belgian under 23 rider Vanacker dies

by VeloClub

Just over a month after he finished 15th in the under 23 Piccolo Giro di Lombardia, crossing the line just behind the Australian Michelton Scott riders Jai Hindley, Michael Storer and Robert Stannard, the Belgian rider Bjarne Vanacker has died.

The 20 year old was found dead in his bed on Monday morning due to unknown causes. An autopsy will be carried out on Tuesday in an attempt to try to understand what happened. Team manager Michel Pollentier said that no problems had been shown by medial testing and that he had never become unwell while racing.

He said that he will speak to Vanacker’s EFC-L&R-Vulsteke teammates to try to help them cope with the loss. “With great dismay, we wish to express our sympathy for the unexpected death of Bjarne. Words are too short,” said the team via its Facebook page. “Good rider, good friend, a lot of talent, endless grinta…we are going to miss you,” it added on Twitter.

The young rider won the Championship of West Flanders in his first year. This season his results included tenth in the national under 23 time trial championships and 20th in the under 23 Paris-Roubaix.

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