Dimitri De Fauw dies.

It has been announced that the track cyclist Dimitri De Fauw has committed suicide. He was aged twenty eight.

De Fauw specialised in six day races and has also won several Belgian championships  on the track. On Wednesday, he had finished seventh in the Six Days of Grenoble teamed with the Dane Marc Hester.

De Fauw was also active on the road. He wore the jersey of Quick Step between 2003 and 2005. In 2006, he joined Jacques Chocolates and this year was with  AA Drinks.

It may be that the cause of De Fauw’s depression was his collision with the Spanish cyclist Isaac Galvez during the Six Days of Gent. The Spaniard hit the rail round the top of the track and died as a result of this fall. I believe it could be truly described as a freak accident as apparently Galvez broke a rib that then pierced his heart.

De Fauw’s friend Iljo Keisse said “I do not know what to say. I can’t believe it. I was with him all week in Grenoble and I did not notice anything.”

“He came home with me and Gianni Meersman. I drove all night and I did not notice anything unusual. I was planning to phone him this week to arrange a training ride.”

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