Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie dies from race injuries

Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie died Monday after succumbing to injuries he suffered during a race in northern France this past weekend.

Demoitie, who died at a hospital where he had been in intensive care, had been competing in the Gent-Wevelgem one-day event, a Belgian race that briefly crossed into France. The 25-year-old reportedly tangled with other riders and fell to the ground where he was struck by an official race motorcycle.

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"Antoine will be truly missed," Brian Cookson, president of the international cycling federation, said in a statement.

The federation said it will cooperate with authorities to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

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