Goddaert killed in training crash — Sporza
Belgian television broadcaster Sporza reported Tuesday that IAM Cycling rider Kristof Goddaert was killed in a training crash in Antwerp. According to Sporza, Goddaert crashed on a train crossing. A bus was unable to avoid striking the 27-year-old Belgian, who died at the scene of the crash.
Goddaert recently returned to Belgium after racing the Tour of Qatar, where he finished 34th overall. Goddaert previously rode with Ag2r La Mondiale and Topsport Vlaanderen. He won a stage in the 2010 Tour de Wallonie.
“We first think of his family and loved ones to whom we offer our sincere condolences and assure of our support in this terrible ordeal. At IAM Cycling, we lost Kristof Goddaert, and exemplary professional rider and a quality man. He signed in December 2012 with a great desire to meet with a new challenge with us. His good mood every day, enthusiasm and willingness to engage fully in his endeavors were very much appreciated qualities,” said IAM Cycling general manager Michel Thétaz in a press release.
The peloton responded to news of the Goddaert’s death on Twitter Tuesday.
Just read the tragic news about Kristof Goddaert & brought to tears. Such a nice guy who loved racing his bike. RIP Kristof.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) February 18, 2014
Rip Kristof Goddaert, tragic news
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) February 18, 2014
Rest in peace Kristof Goddaert. Terrible news. My condolences to his family and friends.
— Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney) February 18, 2014
Our thoughts & hearts are with the family and friends of Kristof Goddaert. Terrible news.
— OPQS Cycling Team (@opqscyclingteam) February 18, 2014
Terrible news out of Belgium where the cycling family lost a respected member: kristof goddaert. Too young, still so much future ahead. RIP
— Luuc Eisenga (@EisengaL) February 18, 2014