Dimitri De Fauw

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dimitri De Fauw
De Fauw Deneef.jpg
Dimitri De Fauw (right)
Personal information
Full name Dimitri De Fauw
Born (1981-07-13)13 July 1981
Ghent, Belgium
Died 6 November 2009(2009-11-06) (aged 28)
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2004–2005 Quick Step-Innergetic
2006–2007 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen
2008 Josan Mercedes-Benz Aalst Cycling Team

Dimitri De Fauw (13 July 1981 – 6 November 2009) was a Belgian professional road and track bicycle racer. He was born in Ghent. De Fauw competed on both the road and track but is best known for his crash during the 2006 Six Days of Ghent.

On 26 November, De Fauw collided with Spanish cyclist Isaac Gálvez during the madison portion of the Six Days of Ghent cycling event in Belgium. Both riders fell, though Gálvez crashed into the track's upper railing and was knocked unconscious. While medics resuscitated him at the scene, the Spaniard died of his injuries en route to hospital.[1]

Despite continuing to race as a professional, De Fauw suffered from ongoing depression in the aftermath of Gálvez's death and was haunted by the accident. In an interview the following month, the 25-year-old De Fauw said, "I will carry this with me for the rest of my life. Only time can heal my wounds."[2]

De Fauw committed suicide on 6 November 2009 in Belgium, shortly after competing in the Six Days of Grenoble.[3][4]


External links[edit]