Vanmarcke: De Vriendt's death puts racing into perspective

EF Pro Cycling’s Sep Vanmarcke at the 2019 Adriatica Ionica Race
EF Pro Cycling’s Sep Vanmarcke at the 2019 Adriatica Ionica Race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

EF Pro Cycling's Sep Vanmarcke told the Belgian media this weekend that the death of 20-year-old Niels De Vriendt after what is thought to have been a heart attack at Saturday's Wortegem-Petegem practice race in Belgium "puts racing into perspective".

The race was stopped and cancelled after amateur rider De Vriendt, who rode for the VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT team, fell soon after the start, and emergency services attempted to resuscitate him, ultimately unsuccessfully.

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