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A 21-year-old Belgium professional cyclist found dead in hotel room

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:03am

Cyclist Frederiek Nolf, 21-years-old, of Belgium was found dead in his hotel room in Qatar today by his roommate Kristof Gooddaert.

The two professional cyclist were racing in the Tour of Qatar as part of the Belgian cycling team Topsport Vlaanderen. The team had just dropped out of the race. The cause of death wasn' t immediately known.

"We had dinner together last night," team director Jean-Pierre Heyderrickx told reporters, holding back tears. "He was absolutely fine. He was joking and in a good mood."

According to F ox News:

"The team quit the Qatar tour and planned to return to Belgium.

The final stage of the tour will take place on Friday as planned, the Qatar Cycling Federation said in a statement. Thursday' s fifth stage was shortened and results were not noted.

Team manager Christophe Sercu told Belgium' s VRT television that each rider on the team is tested every four months for doping and Nolf was drug free. Nolf made his professional debut with Topsport Vlaanderen Mercator last year."

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