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Goddaert killed in training accident

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Cycling News
Published:
February 18, 20:15,
Updated:
February 18, 20:19
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling) in action during the 2014 Tour of Qatar

Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling) in action during the 2014 Tour of Qatar

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IAM Cycling Belgian struck by bus after crashing

Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling) was killed on Tuesday in Antwerp after suffering a crash during a training ride. According to Nieuwsblad.be, the 27-year-old Belgian crashed while training, apparently due to his front wheel being caught in train tracks, and then was fatally struck by a bus while still on the ground.

"We think first of his family and loved ones to whom we offer our sincere condolences and assure of our support during this terrible ordeal," said a devastated IAM Cycling General Manager Michel Thétaz.

"We lost Kristof Goddaert, an exemplary professional rider and a man of quality. He came to us in December of 2012 with the desire to meet us and to take on a new challenge. His constant good mood, everyday enthusiasm and willingness to fully engage in all endeavors were very much appreciated qualities.

"He had used the Tour of Qatar to hone his shape ahead of the Spring Classics, but this tragic fate will prevent him from realizing his dreams. To honor his memory, IAM Cycling will continue to race with ten times as much desire to win given that he can no longer compete because he has moved on to eternal life."

Goddaert most recently competed in the 2014 Tour of Qatar, where he finished 34th overall. He had been a professional for eight years, with stints at Davitamon-Win for Life, Topsport Vlaanderen and AG2R La Mondiale prior to his moving to IAM Cycling in 2013.

Goddaert had one win in his professional palmares, stage 3 at the 2010 Tour de Wallonie, and other career highlights included second place to Tom Boonen in the 2012 Belgian road championships, 3rd in the 2009 Belgian road chamionships behind Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, 3rd in Paris-Bruxelles (2009), 5th in Le Samyn (2010), 8th place in Gent-Wevelgem (2011), 9th in Paris-Tours (2008) and 10th in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (2011).

Lance, remember Bassons? 5 months ago
Oh no, what terrible news. Dreadful sad loss and all my thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and team mates. Life can be very cruel. RIP Kristof, you be sorely missed.
happytramp 5 months ago
Oh God, that's awful. Unbelievably awful.
Stalky 5 months ago
This kind of thing could happen to any bicyclist. Even a professional.
brettok 5 months ago
Sad news... we met Kristof at the AG2R hotel before Paris-Roubaix in 2012, he gave us his time to talk and answer questions and was a nice young guy. Condolences to his family, friends and teammates from Velominati. RIP.
Ron497 5 months ago
Sad news for sure. RIP Kristof! This is one huge downside of loving this sport - we have to ride on open road (if we're roadies). Imagine the top athletes in other sports fairly routinely getting killed while training? People would go bonkers. "Wayne Rooney Killed Today, While Working on His Juggling Skills"
timcupery 5 months ago
Very sad. I wonder what was the angle of the RR tracks relative to the road. I've had road wheels with narrow tires get caught in tracks crossing twice in my life, and now usually will turn somewhat to cross tracks closer to perpendicular. And I wonder if Goddaert was on familiar roads, or if he was doing intervals or other hard training.
wheel chaser 5 months ago
I guess in riding the thousands of miles these guys do in competition and training they pay less attention to the pitfalls on the road than the average weekend rider. If they worried about it they wouldn't be able to perform at they level they do. Sad news.
OffTheBackAdam 5 months ago
RR lines, or more likely to be tramlines? Looking at the ones snaking through Nottingham, makes me glad I'm not cycling through.
bing181 5 months ago
It's an old railway line at the port in Antwerp, where the tracks cross the road at a fairly flat angle on a gentle curve, with plenty of cobbles and cut-up road around … not very cycling friendly, but you never expect something like this either.
Erwin Ruiz 5 months ago
RIP
Pickles 5 months ago
I really dislike stories like this...seems they are becoming more common. RIP