- Article published:
- November 26, 2006, 0:00 GMT
- Laura Weislo
By Laura Weislo The 31 year old world Madison champion and Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears...
By Laura Weislo
The 31 year old world Madison champion and Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears sprinter, Isaac Gálvez Lopez, died early Sunday morning, November 26, as a result of a crash in the Gent Six Day. During the final Madison of the fifth night, the Spaniard collided with Dimitri DeFauw and flew into a railing, falling immediately unconscious. The medics resuscitated him at the track, but he died en route to the hospital.
The fifth night of the Gent Six Day had been another packed house, and many of the spectators, who up until moments before had been having the time of their lives, were in shock. One of the organisers had to be taken to the hospital with chest pains. An emotional Rob Discart, promoter of the event, declared that this edition of the Gent Six Day is now over, "out of respect to Gálvez, his family and the other riders".
A talented trackie and accomplished road sprinter, Isaac Gálvez was twice world champion on the track, first in 1999 and most recently in April of this year, both times winning the Madison with partner Juan Llaneras. The pair also earned silver medals in the Madison at the 2000 and 2001 world championships. Galvez went pro on the road in 2000, joining Kelme-Costa Blanca, and had his first professional road win that year in the Classica del Almeria.
In 2003 he rode the Giro d'Italia, and was infamously was involved in the stage 11 crash that took Mario Cipollini out of the race. For the 2004 season, he moved to Illes Balears-Banesto where he won stages in the Volta a...