With Death of 20-Year-Old, Five Dutch or Flemish Cyclists Have Suffered Serious Heart Problems This Year
In the early hours of Monday, October 23rd, the 20-year-old Dutch cyclist Mark Groeneveld passed away, apparently of a heart attack, after having dropped out of a race in Hong Kong earlier in the day. In a statement on Facebook, his team X-Speed United writes: “While the circumstances of Mark’s passing are currently under investigation, we have received preliminary information that suggests it may have been due to a heart attack.”
This would make Groeneveld the fifth Dutch or Flemish cyclist to be stricken by serious heart problems this year. The other four are still alive — somewhat miraculously given that two are reported to have suffered cardiac arrest — but they have all been forced to retire from competitive cycling.
For the details, see my new article at The Daily Sceptic here.