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Police called to Vandenbroucke home in domestic dispute

A dozen police officers wearing bulletproof vests were called to the home of Frank Vandenbroucke on Monday, after the Belgian cyclist apparently brandished a shotgun during an argument with his wife Sarah. Police entered the home of the Fassa Bortolo rider and after speaking to him for some time an ambulance was called to his residence at Nieuwkerke in northern Belgium. According to police sources, the two had been engaged in a heated argument when Frank Vandenbroucke grabbed a shotgun, reportedly threatening to commit suicide. Sarah Vandenbroucke left the home and sped off in her car and

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By Agence France Presse

Photo: AFP (file photo)

A dozen police officers wearing bulletproof vests were called to the home of Frank Vandenbroucke on Monday, after the Belgian cyclist apparently brandished a shotgun during an argument with his wife Sarah.

Police entered the home of the Fassa Bortolo rider and after speaking to him for some time an ambulance was called to his residence at Nieuwkerke in northern Belgium.

According to police sources, the two had been engaged in a heated argument when Frank Vandenbroucke grabbed a shotgun, reportedly threatening to commit suicide. Sarah Vandenbroucke left the home and sped off in her car and contacted police.

Police arrived soon after and began negotiating with the cyclist. He quickly calmed down and left in an ambulance, accompanied by police. Public prosecutors at Ypres said that neither the rider nor anyone else had committed a crime.

Jean-Jacques Vandenbroucke, the father of the 29 year old cyclist, told a Belgian newspaper that the couple has been on the verge of divorce for some time.

According to the Belgian press Vandenbroucke and Fassa Bortolo’s Italian sporting director Giancarlo Ferretti have been in dispute over the cyclist’s decision not to compete in the Tour of Portugal starting Thursday because of tendonitis in his right knee.

Vandenbroucke is scheduled for trial in the coming months on charges of possession of prohibited substances after police seized the endurance booster EPO, Clenbuterol and morphine when they raided his house in 2002.