• Young French cyclist Mathieu Riebel died racing in New Caledonia (Instagram)Source: Instagram
20-year-old French cyclist Mathieu Riebel has died after colliding with an ambulance while racing for Shell Pacific in the Tour of New Caledonia, L'Equipe reports.
Cycling Central

21 Oct 2017 - 8:28 AM  UPDATED 21 Oct 2017 - 8:32 AM

According to L'Equipe, Riebel was helping teammate Erwan Brenterch back to the peloton on the penultimate stage of the Tour after a mechanical problem when he struck an ambulance coming in the opposite direction on the descent of the Pirogue Pass in Paita, Noumea. 

Riebel died instantly. Brenterch also suffered a broken leg in the tragic incident. 

"It's awful," New Caledonia cycling committee told L'Equipe. "A kid of 20 years... The Tour is over.

"Tomorrow, the peloton will make a tour of Mont-Dore without a race to pay tribute. He was so happy to be here."

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