Daan Myngheer of Roubaix – Lille Métropole has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack at the Critérium International race in Corsica, organizers confirmed Saturday.
The 22-year-old Belgian pulled up in difficulty some 30km from the line in the first stage of the race at Porto-Vecchio.
Myngheer got into an ambulance but suffered a heart attack and had to receive immediate emergency treatment, before being transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Ajaccio.
Myngheer turned professional last year with Team Verandas Willems before joining Roubaix Lille Metropole this season. He was part of the under-23 Belgian team for the world road race championships in Richmond.
His teammate Rudy Barbier finished second in the morning stage of the Criterium International, apparently unaware of what had happened to his teammate. Barbier won the recent Cholet – Pays De Loire race, with Myngheer part of the team that helped during the French one-day race.
“He was not feeling well,” teammate Louis Verhelst, who was also dropped during this first stage because of a knee injury, told Belgian television RTBF.
“For now, he’s in a coma. This is serious, very serious. The team had to make a statement to the police. This is the normal procedure, we explained things. We hope to learn more about Daan’s condition very soon.”
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