Former French pro cyclist Walter Beneteau dies at age of 50

Strasbourg FRANCE Frances Walter Beneteau Bouygues TelecomFra rides during his brakeaway in the 1845 km first stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race from Strasbourg to Strasbourg 02 July 2006 AFP PHOTO FRANCK FIFE Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFEAFP via Getty Images
Walter Bénéteau riding a breakaway in the 2006 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The former professional cyclist Walter Bénéteau has died at the age of 50, with the former French professional rider who rode seven editions of the Tour de France reportedly having been found dead in Bali.

"It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our friend and former champion Walter Beneteau at the age of 50," said French professional riders union, the UNCP, on Twitter late Sunday. "Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. RIP Wawa."

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