Pro Cyclist, 27, Suffers Fatal Heart Attack During Race

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Cycling Weekly – Dutch cyclist Robbert de Greef has died three weeks after suffering a heart attack during a race, his team has announced.

The 27-year-old was on the first sector of the Omloop van de Braakman when he suffered a cardiac arrest, being given CPR “for hours” before being taken to hospital in Antwerp and placed in a medically induced coma. [The Omloop van de Braakman an annual one-day race of approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) in Holland and Belgium. This year’s race was canceled after de Greef was stricken in the first 5 km. – Ed.] 

The stricken rider then spent the next three weeks in critical condition before passing away on April 25.

De Greef finished second in Ronde van Drenthe race last month behind countryman Pim Ligthart.

Late last year, British Cycling announced its athletes will undergo yearly heart scans after a number of high-profile sporting figures suffered cardiac arrests. Read more.

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