In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ‘I like round numbers:’ Roche pinpoints desired career end point; Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Young Cyclist Assistance recipients announced; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?; Impey, Moolman-Pasio win South African TT titles; No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach; Chairman of British Cycling steps down; Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies at 47; Bardet ready to start racing; Route change for Tour de Langkawi; Motorist charged with killing two cyclists routinely drove while drinking; Study claims psychological problems for people who post fitness achievements on social media; Hydrographics on a bike frame; Abu Dhabi Tour teaser video.
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Former Belgian champion and Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet died this week after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 47.
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) February 9, 2017
“I have long kept quiet, but it is now time to tell my story,” he told Het Niuewsblad in 2015. “I want to wake people up. They say you should try to check for colon cancer when you’re 55; I’m 45 and have been price. If you feel something in your stomach or notice something strange in your stool, then get yourself checked immediately. For me it was almost too late.”
Baguet had an interesting career that came in two parts. He was nicknamed ‘The Roofer’ because he left the sport after his first four years as a professional, frustrated without any wins, and worked as a roofer with his father, himself a former pro. However, he returned to racing with the Lotto team and notched some notable wins, including the 2005 Belgian championship.
He raced with Lotto until 2005 and then with Belgium’s other top team, Quick-Step in 2006 and 2007 before retiring.
His most well known victory came in the 2001 Tour de France when he won out of a three-rider breakaway that included Massimiliano Lelli and Jakob Piil.