What are we to make of this?
The item reports that a pro-cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, 34, was recently found dead in a Senegalese hotel room while on holiday having “died from natural causes”. The rider suffered a double pulmonary embolism as well as having “an existing heart problem”.
The same article includes that the autopsy showed that the deceased had several injection marks on his left arm; syringes, alcohol and medicines were found in Vandenbroucke’s hotel room.
The NY Times :
“[In 2003] Belgian police raided his home and found illegal performance-enhancing drugs. They were for his dog, Vandenbroucke explained.
That earned him a suspension by the bicycling federation in Flanders, but not in Wallonia, where he was free to race for the Quick Step team. (It was not true, but widely believed, that in a daily stage of the Tour of Wallonia that passed through a village half-Flemish and half-Walloon, the pack rode on one side of the street — the Flemish side — and Vandenbroucke rode alone on the other side.)”
“… in December 2004 Vandenbroucke admitted taking growth hormones, EPO, amphetamine, morphine and steroids. He was found guilty in 2005 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service.”
Vandenbroucke has previous wins in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Nice. Dead at 34.