World junior champion Igor Decraene has tragically died in an apparent suicide AFP has reported. The news broke in the Belgian media Saturday morning before an outpouring of condolences opened within the cycling community. Decraene was 18 years old.
Decraene won the world junior time trial championships last year in Florence and was currently training to defend his title in Spain next month. He was in line to ride for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep development team in 2015.
"A native of Waregem in northern Belgium, Decraene killed himself not far from there at Zulte, the Belga news agency said without giving further details," AFP reported.
The Belgian Cycling Federation later confirmed the news on its website.
“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Igor Decraene,” wrote Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the Twitter account.
Belgian rider Sep Vanmarcke expressed his feelings too. “Shocked by the news that Igor Decraene died. A big talent, a very good boy, with both feet on the ground! Why? Can't believe it! RIP Igor.”
Cyclingnews would like to extend its sympathy to Igor Decraene’s family, friends and teammates.