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Former Doltcini-Van Eyck manager Marc Bracke dies aged 53

Bracke had been the former manager of the Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport team and was banned from the sport until 2024.

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Former Doltcini-Van Eyck team manager Marc Bracke has died.

A statement from his former team’s sponsor Doltcini confirmed that Bracke, 53, had died suddenly. Reports in the Belgian media confirmed that he had died by suicide.

“It is with great sadness that Doltcini also receives the news of the sudden death of Marc Bracke,” the statement read. “Marc worked as a former team manager of women’s team Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport for a few years closely with our clothing company. We wish his family, especially his girlfriend Shana, friends and acquaintances a lot of strength during Marc’s passing.”

Bracke had been the manager of the women’s team since 2016 but was banned from working in the sport in 2021 following complaints of sexual harassment from two riders.

The UCI handed Bracke a three-year suspension, which meant he was not eligible to return until June 2024. Bracke always denied the allegations and said that he would launch an appeal against the verdict.

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