French cyclist Mathieu Riebel dies in Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie crash
Oct 20 2017 04:01 pm CET

French cyclist Mathieu Riebel dies in Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie crash
French cyclist Mathieu Riebel dies in Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie crash
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French cyclist Mathieu Riebel has died in an accident at the ninth stage of the Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie.

The Shell Pacific rider was reportedly trying to help his leader Erwan Brenterch return to the peloton after the latter suffered a mechanical, when he crashed into an ambulance moving in the other direction.

Brentech fractured a leg in the accident, it was reported.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the race confirmed the news, saying that all involved "learned with shock and immense sadness of the tragic accident that occurred during the descent of the Col de la Pirogue, which cost Mathieu Riebel his life and seriously injured Erwan Brenterch, both of the Shell Paficif Team".

"Mathieu was doing his best to bring his leader back into the peloton after having lost time due to mechanical problems. It was during the high-speed descent of the pass that a collision with a vehicle occurred."

Riebel was just 20 years old.





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