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Belgian cyclist Cuylits dies after Tour du Faso

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Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina, and Benin were well represented at the back of the race.

Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina, and Benin were well represented at the back of the race.
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The 2010 Tour du Faso gets under way.

The 2010 Tour du Faso gets under way.
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The tent village housed the Tour du Faso racers and entourage in Dori.

The tent village housed the Tour du Faso racers and entourage in Dori.
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Augustin and Soglo draft a French rider on stage nine’s gravel section.

Augustin and Soglo draft a French rider on stage nine’s gravel section.
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Former Landbouwkrediet-Colnago rider Gunther Cuylits has died after suffering what is believed to be a cardiac arrest hours after completing the 10-stage Tour du Faso on Sunday. The 37-year-old Cuylits had finished the famous African race in 8th-place overall when he reportedly collapsed at a restaurant shortly following the winners ceremony.

Cuylits was rushed to a nearby medical facility by the management of the Ludo Peeters Cycling Team where he was pronounced dead according to a statement. It was Cuylit's fourth participation at the Tour, having won stages in 2003 and 2004. He was unable to win a stage at the 2012 edition however, he did achieve a third-place finish on stage 2. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

"The Belgian rider Cuylits Gunther died in Ouagadougou following a cardiac arrest on the night of October 28-29, 2012 at 23 hours 45 after the closing ceremony of the Tour du Faso where he was present," said the release from the Ministry of Sports and Recreation.

"It's a shame he left so, because he was a great athlete who animated the Tour du Faso. said national technical director of Burkina cycling, Sawadogo Martin to LeFaso. "It is a great loss for the Tour du Faso, Africa and Belgian cycling."

Cyclingnews extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cuylits.