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Cyclist Vandenbroucke found dead

Frank Vandenbroucke
Vandenbroucke made his professional debut in 1994 and had over 50 wins

Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke has died at the age of 34, with reports suggesting that he may have suffered a pulmonary embolism.

He was on holiday in Senegal when he was found dead in his room.

Vandenbroucke recorded over 50 wins, including the Paris-Nice race in 1998 and the gruelling Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic the following year.

He made his professional debut in 1994 but his career was marred when he was caught up in a doping scandal in 2002.

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A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that has entered the lungs.

It was thought the Mouscron-born rider was keen to return to racing this year.

Head of the Belgian cycling federation Laurent De Backer said: "An athlete with a brilliant but too short career has left us."



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