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Belgian junior world champ cyclist dies

Cycling

Brussels - Belgium cycling lost one of its budding stars on Saturday as the local media reported the death of world junior time-trial champion Igor Decraene aged just 18.

The cause of death was not divulged although the internet site of RTBF said he had been involved in an accident.

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Decraens, who was considered to be one of the great hopes of cycling-mad Belgium, won the time-trial title in Florence last year having also collected the national crown.

Decraene was in line to ride for the elite Omega Pharma team's reserves.

Sapa-AFP

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