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Belgian amateur cyclist dies of heart attack when training in Mallorca

The rider was 28

Photo by: Dovy Keukens-FCC

Cédric Baekeland, 28, a promising Belgian amateur, died in his hotel room in Mallorca on Mar. 16.

The young rider was training n the island preparing for the Slypskapelle race in his home land, which was set to
go Mar. 26.

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His death took place just days before Italian cyclist Sonny Colbrelli suffered a cardiac emergency following the second stage of the Vuelta a Catalunya. The European champion collapsed after the race and was rushed to hospital, and is thankfully recovering.

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According to many, Baekeland had a good future ahead of him in the racing world, racing for Dovy Keukens-FCC, where he finished second in the 2019 edition of Beselare-Zonnebeke.

Before he died, he told his teammate he was not feeling well and was going to rest at the hotel.

After arriving in his room, he suffered a heart attack and the doctors were unable to revive him.