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The peloton is in mourning Monday following the death of 25-year-old Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie, who crashed during Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem and was then hit by a race moto.
Riders and teams gave their condolences to Demoitie’s family and friends on Twitter as news of his death spread. Below is a sampling of the reactions.
— Team Wanty-Gobert (@TeamWantyGobert) March 28, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of Antoine Demoitié. Condolences to his friends and family.
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) March 28, 2016
We are deeply shocked about the sad news. Our thoughts go out to Antoine's family, friends & team. https://t.co/uw6KnCjvSC
— Team Giant-Alpecin (@GiantAlpecin) March 28, 2016
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to the family and the team of Antoine Demoitié. We wish them strength in these difficult times.
— Etixx – Quick-Step (@Etixx_QuickStep) March 28, 2016
A sad day for cycling after the news @TeamWantyGobert. Thoughts go out to the team & family. Safety needs to take priority on the road.
— Tinkoff (@tinkoff_team) March 28, 2016
Thoughts are with Antoine Demoitié's family and friends and the entire @TeamWantyGobert team at this tragic time.
— CANYON//SRAM Racing (@WMNcycling) March 28, 2016
Our team is deeply saddened by the death of Antoine Demoitié. 'Courage' to his family, friends & team members! https://t.co/unmawjfqa7
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) March 28, 2016
Such sad news. All of our thoughts to the family and friends of Antoine Demoitié.
— ORICA-GreenEDGE (@ORICA_GreenEDGE) March 28, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Antoine Demoitié.
— Drapac Cycling (@DrapacCycling) March 28, 2016
— Cannondale Pro Team (@Ride_Argyle) March 27, 2016
So young and all his life in front. RIP pic.twitter.com/obgK2wQHZV
— Fabian cancellara (@f_cancellara) March 28, 2016
An incredibly sad day for cycling. We are all vulnerable. More can be done to prevent this from ever happening again. RIP Antoine Demoitié.
— Kiel Reijnen (@Kielreijnen) March 28, 2016
Such tragic news. RIP Antoine Demoitie. My thoughts and condolences are with your family, friends and teammates.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) March 28, 2016
Incredibly sad news this morning. My thoughts with Antoine Demoitié's loved ones and teammates.
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) March 28, 2016
What a sad, sad day for cycling.
— Lawson Craddock (@lawsoncraddock) March 28, 2016
Woke up to the unbelievably sad and shocking news of Antoine Demoitie. My thoughts to his family and friends.
— Jesse Sergent (@jessesergent) March 28, 2016
What a tragic day for cycling. Hope change happens so something like this never happens again. RIP Antoine Demoitié.
— Larry Warbasse (@larrywarbasse) March 28, 2016
The sadness makes me speechless. The feeling that better rules could have avoid that is so painful! RIP Antoine Demoitié
— Manuel Quinziato (@manuelquinziato) March 28, 2016
— BilleGaetan (@gaetanbille) March 28, 2016
There's no words. Rest in piece Antoine Demoitié.
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) March 28, 2016
— Greg Henderson (@Greghenderson1) March 28, 2016
Our condolences to the family, friends and team or Antoine Demoitié
— AG2R LA MONDIALE (@AG2RLAMONDIALEc) March 28, 2016
Speechless after hearing the news about Antoine Demoitié. The @Lotto_Soudal team offers its condolences to his family, team and friends.
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) March 28, 2016
Waking up to the terrible news of Antonie Demoité. RIP.
— Michael Rogers (@mickrogers) March 28, 2016
R.I.P Antoine Demoitié . Horrible day . Sport should never come to this .
— ivanbasso (@ivanbasso) March 28, 2016