Noted fatalities in professional cycling

Agence France Presse /

RAPALLO, Italy (AFP) – A list of some noted fatalities in professional cycling, following the death of Belgium’s Wouter Weylandt at the Giro d’Italia

  • 1935: Armando Cepeda (ESP) dies from a fatal crash into a ravine going to Bourg-d’Oisans on the Tour de France.
  • 1937: Andre Raynaud (FRA), the world distance champion dies during a race in Antwerp.
  • 1950: Camille Danguillaume (FRA) is killed after being hit by a motorbike at the French championships in Montlhery.
  • 1951: Serse Coppi (ITA), the brother of Italian legend Fausto Coppi, crashes one kilometre from the finish at the Tour du Piedmont in Italy. He finishes the race but dies the following night.
  • 1956: Stan Ockers (BEL), the reigning world road race champion, dies in a crash on the track at Antwerp.
  • 1967: Tom Simpson (GBR), the former world road race champion, dies from cardiac arrest — linked to his use of banned substances — on Mont Ventoux at the Tour de France.
  • 1969: Jose Samyn (FRA) dies after crashing into a programm vendor during a kermesse in Zingem.
  • 1970: Jean-Pierre Monsere (BEL), the reigning world champion, dies after colliding with a car driving the wrong way at the Grand Prix de Retie.
  • 1972: Manuel Galera (ESP) dies from injuries sustained in an accident
  • during the Tour of Andalusia.
  • 1976: Juan Manuel Santisteban (ESP) dies from injuries after a crash on the first stage of the Giro d’Italia.
  • 1984: Joaquim Agostinho (POR) dies 10 days after crashing into a dog near the finish of a stage in the Tour of the Algarve.
  • 1986: Emilio Ravasio (ITA) dies two weeks after a crash on the first stage of the Giro d’Italia.
  • 1987: Vicente Mata (ESP) dies after being hit by a car during the Luis-Puig
  • Trophy. Michel Goffin (BEL) dies after a six-day spell in a coma following a crash at the Tour du Haut-Var in France.
  • 1988: Connie Meijer (NED) dies after suffering an attack during a criterium in the Netherlands.
  • 1995: Fabio Casartelli (ITA), the reigning Olympic champion, dies a few hours after sustaining injuries in a crash on a Pyreneean descent during the 15th stage of the Tour de France.
  • 1999: Manuel Sanroma (ESP) dies from injuries sustained in a crash near the finish of the second stage of the Tour of Catalunya.
  • 2003: Andrei Kivilev (KAZ) dies from head injuries the morning after a crash on the second stage of Paris-Nice.
  • 2005: Alessio Galletti (ITA), dies from a heart attack 15 km from the finish in the Subida Naranco race.
  • 2011: Wouter Weylandt (BEL) dies following a horrific crash around 25 km from the finish of the Giro d’Italia’s third stage.