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Irish cyclist dies riding Tour of Flanders route in Belgium

Published 04/04/2016

OUDENAARDE, WEST-VLAANDEREN - APRIL 03: The riders gather at the start prior to the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders from Bruges to Oudenaarde on April 3, 2016 in Bruges, Belgium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
OUDENAARDE, WEST-VLAANDEREN - APRIL 03: The riders gather at the start prior to the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders from Bruges to Oudenaarde on April 3, 2016 in Bruges, Belgium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
The pack of cyclists with Slovakian Peter Sagan of Tinkoff (C) ride in action at the 100th edition of the 'Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres - Tour of Flanders' one day cycling race, 255km from Zedelgem to Oudenaarde, on April 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Belga / DAVID STOCKMAN / Belgium OUTDAVID STOCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A 56-year old Irish cyclist died after becoming unwell while riding the amateur Tour of Flanders cycling sportif yesterday, Belgium news agencies have reported.

Some 16,000 cycling enthusiasts from all over the world were taking part in the event which is a curtain raiser for today’s Tour of Flanders professional race – one of the so-called Spring classics.

Belgium media reported that the Irish competitor became unwell on the Oude Kwaremont, one of the cobbled roads leading up the Kluisberg hill and a notoriously difficult part of the course.

A huge number of foreigners  compete in the event and his year the number of foreigners exceeded the number of Belgians for the first time..

The Dutch (3,300) and British (2,300) riders headed the list.

Belgium media reported that, despite the quick intervention of first aid teams, a  56-year-old Irish national  died after becoming unwell during the event.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they are providing consular assistance to the family of an Irish person who died in Belgium today.

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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