Tributes pour in for Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie

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Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie has died after an accident in Sunday's stage of the Genk-Wevelgem classic, his team have announced.

The Wanty-Gobert rider was reportedly involved in a collision with a motorbike and several other competitors in northern France before being taken to hospital.

The 25-year-old was placed in an intensive care unit in a Lille hospital but Wanty-Gobert confirmed his death early on Monday morning.

The team's official Twitter page showed a photograph of the cyclist with the words "Antoine Demoitie (1990-2016)" and said a statement would be released later in the day.

Condolences and tributes have been pouring in on social media with British cyclists Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish both taking to Twitter.

The race

The notoriously difficult 243-kilometre event was won by world champion Peter Sagan. However, the event was marred by the tragic events. 

Lotto Soudal rider Jens Debusschere was also taken to hospital after crashing but escaped with “bruised muscle, a bruised junction between collar bone and shoulder blade, a concussion and abrasions”.

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