Antoine Demoitié dies after he was struck by a race motorbike in Gent-Wevelgem

Antoine Demoitié has sadly passed away in a hospital in Lille following his crash that happened during Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. The Belgian rider was 25 years old and raced for Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

He crashed in Saint-Marie-Cappel together with four other riders, 115 Kilometers from finish. While Antoine Demoitié was on the ground he was struck by a following race motorbike.

He was first taken to hospital in Ypres and then was transferred to the intensive care unit of the university hospital in Lille.

At the end of the race, the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team issued a press statement saying that Demoitié`s condition was “extremely serious” and reporting that his wife and family had arrived to the hospital in Lille.

Shortly after midnight local time, it was reported that Antoine Demoitié had died due to his injuries: “The rider died. An inquiry is under way to determine the circumstances,” Frederic Evrard, a spokesman for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional gendarmerie in France, told AFP.