Drama Sunday in the Mémorial Alfred Gadenne, a cycling race for promises and elites without contract Factory. A group of riders fell during the course of the course and was then at an unguarded crossing in Melles struck by a van. One of them, the 19-year-old Stef Loos from Dessel, survived the collision. He fought in the hospital for hours for his life, but succumbed to his injuries. Reports that Jef Robert, the chairman of his team.
The accident happened on Sunday around 14: 30, after 25 kilometers in the race. Where the riders on the right were off, they went to yet unclear reasons straight. A peloton of thirty riders came up then, in an unguarded intersection. Three of them were seized by a truck. Stef Loos was the worst of all.
‘Very tragic news. Our rider Stef Loos is the victim of a major accident in the race in Dottignies’, reported Jeff Robert, the team leader of Acrog Pauwels where Stef for driving, Sunday evening.
Loos walked through the heavy blow brain damage and a lung collapse, and also his liver had been touched. He lay for hours in a coma in the hospital of Tournai, where he had for his life moisture. Monday morning came the news that he has succumbed to his injuries. He was 19 years old.
Two serious injuries
Two other riders were also badly injured to the hospital, discharged but are no longer in danger. Ruben Apers, of the beloftenploeg of Lotto-Soudal, ran a double bovenbeenbreuk, schouderbreuk, broken collarbone and concussion. He was later in the evening surgery. Also Jonas Bresseleers was wounded, discharged.
The public prosecutor of Tournai was informed and the police are investigating the circumstances of the accident.